Even for factories lucky enough to have the early green light, many had to begin production in semi-lockdown, with workers forbidden from leaving campus without permission.
“This has brought extreme inconvenience to workers who live off-campus,” said Fuyao Group, the Chinese industrial glass manufacturer made famous by the documentary “American Factory,” in a statement in late February about its lockdown in southern metropolis Guangzhou.
At Foxconn’s iPhone-making complex in Zhengzhou, workers have been put into teams of 20 that stick together night and day to facilitate health tracking, according to a notice by the Zhengzhou government.
Foxconn cafeteria seats have been labeled with QR codes for workers to scan so the company has a record of who sat where and when for meals, according to company notices. At their dorms, workers are told to leave their coats and bags in a designated place for disinfection.
The company has even set up an infrared video camera that tracks employees’ body temperatures as they walk by.
“The same group of employees work, travel, live, and eat together to ensure that employees’ personal trajectories are fully traced,” the notice said.
One 36-year-old Foxconn worker who only would give his surname, Yang, said that each morning, workers are issued a face mask and have their temperature checked.
Officials have warned residents that a return to regular life and work is still a long way off.