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20 Apr 2020

France: Amazon closes warehouses following court injunction to limit deliveries to essential products

On 14 April 2020, the Nanterre Tribunal ordered Amazon to reduce its deliveries to essential products only in order to reduce activity at warehouses and implement social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 outbreak in France. The court decision included a 1 million euro penalty for each day of delay or each instance of non-compliance with social distancing rules. The following day, Amazon announced that it would be closing its French warehouses for 5 days to evaluate security measures it could put in place to comply with the court order. On 20 April 2020, Amazon announced that its warehouses would remained closed for two more days in the hope that the court decision is reversed on appeal. On 24 April 2020, the Court of Appeal of Versailles rejected Amazon's appeal, though it extended the list of essential products authorized for delivery and reduced the scale of the penalty.

Amazon has kept its warehouses closed since the court decision. This story includes comments from Amazon.