Social media giant, Facebook is the latest company to join the list of technology firms that changed its return to the office plans as the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing.
On Thursday, Facebook sent emails to its employees in the US stating that the company is delaying office reopenings until the next year i.e: 2022. For now, the policy is applicable only for the employees residing in the US however, it may be extended to other countries in the future.
Additionally, Facebook enforced a strict policy for its US employees:
- The employees should be vaccinated
- The employees should wear mask no matter whether they have taken vaccination or not
Tracy Clayton, Facebook’s spokesperson said, according to recent health data reports, the Delta variant-based coronavirus cases are rising. Hence, our teams in the US won’t have to return to the office until January 2022. Additionally, the policy may be extended to other countries. On behalf of Facebook, she further said, we are constantly monitoring the situation and actively working with the experts to guarantee our return to office plans while keeping in mind the safety of our employees.
In June, Facebook had plans to open its offices in the US at half capacity by September and fully reopen in October. However, after seeing the current situation where delta variant cases are rising, the tech giant has decided has to delay return to the office plans until 2022.
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