Apple paying bonuses to US staff to travel to China

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To encourage a return to working in China after its coronavirus restrictions, Apple has begun paying a $500 daily bonus to US staff, who then have to be quarantined in Shanghai.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple


Apple has reportedly begun lifting its previous travel restrictions, which had seen staff no longer able to fly to China as the coronavirus pandemic continued. Since October, Apple has apparently been paying volunteer US staff bonus of $500 per day for traveling to, and working in China.

According to The Information, returning to China means a resumption of in-factory visits. Apple initially sent a number of US employees to China during the summer. Then in September, it reportedly emailed manufacturing and designs staff about the new travel plans, before beginning flights to China in October.

The resumption of travel comes as new coronavirus cases in China have dropped to below 50 per day. This compares to a quoted 200 per day for Santa Clara County in the US, where Apple is based.

Reportedly, staff who travel to China are now required to stay for at least six weeks. Previously, staff may have made multiple 10-day trips, but now the extended time is required because the first two weeks must be spent in quarantine.

There is also a pre-trip COVID-19 screening and health checkup. Then on arrival in China, Apple staff are bussed to a specified quarantine hotel arranged by the Shanghai authorities. Not only are they unable to leave this budget hotel for two weeks, they can't get restaurant delivery or laundry service.

The Information says that Apple staff spend the two quarantine weeks eating Irish lamb stew, provided by China Eastern Airlines. Furthermore, they have to hand-wash their clothes in their room's bathtub.

Following the quarantine, however, they are then able to move to more upscale hotels. Staff are reportedly staying in Marriott and Park Hyatt hotels, as they did before the pandemic.

Apple has not yet commented publicly.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    It's generous of China to let anybody from the U.S. in at all...

    It shows their confidence in their infection control systems.
    tokyojimu
  • Reply 2 of 8
    That’s an extra $21K! I’ll go to China for 6 weeks for that!
  • Reply 3 of 8
    fred1fred1 Posts: 743member
    Irish lamb stew?  Really?
    caladanian
  • Reply 4 of 8
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,511member
    It's generous of China to let anybody from the U.S. in at all...

    It shows their confidence in their infection control systems.
    "Generous"?  China not only was the origin of COVID-19, it hid it from the public and caused it to go global and you think China is being "Generous" to let outsiders back?  

    China is the one that should be grateful for having other countries to go back and continue business there.
    cat52
  • Reply 5 of 8
    fred1fred1 Posts: 743member
    So Australia has basically eradicated the virus and “cases in China have dropped to below 50 per day.”

    This is due in part to quickly implementing strict measures but mainly because people there actually follow the measures. Why can’t people in Europe and the US follow these measures too?! Why must their selfishness cause everyone to be at risk and live through another lockdown? Please don’t turn this into a political discussion because that’s not what it is. 
    GeorgeBMac
  • Reply 6 of 8
    sflocal said:
    It's generous of China to let anybody from the U.S. in at all...

    It shows their confidence in their infection control systems.
    "Generous"?  China not only was the origin of COVID-19, it hid it from the public and caused it to go global and you think China is being "Generous" to let outsiders back?  

    China is the one that should be grateful for having other countries to go back and continue business there.

    LOL....  Yeh, if you're one of those who believe the loser.   The rest of the world knows better.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    fred1 said:
    So Australia has basically eradicated the virus and “cases in China have dropped to below 50 per day.”

    This is due in part to quickly implementing strict measures but mainly because people there actually follow the measures. Why can’t people in Europe and the US follow these measures too?! Why must their selfishness cause everyone to be at risk and live through another lockdown? Please don’t turn this into a political discussion because that’s not what it is. 

    True -- but it wasn't only masks and distancing.   They also implemented an effective testing strategy which, after 10 months, we still have not done.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    fred1fred1 Posts: 743member
    fred1 said:
    So Australia has basically eradicated the virus and “cases in China have dropped to below 50 per day.”

    This is due in part to quickly implementing strict measures but mainly because people there actually follow the measures. Why can’t people in Europe and the US follow these measures too?! Why must their selfishness cause everyone to be at risk and live through another lockdown? Please don’t turn this into a political discussion because that’s not what it is. 

    True -- but it wasn't only masks and distancing.   They also implemented an effective testing strategy which, after 10 months, we still have not done.
    Very true. Thanks.  And it's not about political leanings. There are countries with governments on both sides of the aisle that are suffering with lockdowns, etc.
    GeorgeBMac
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