Apple has joined other tech giants who have asked their staff not to resume to office yet over the surge of coronavirus cases. Apple announced that it’s staff won’t be returning to the office until January.
Racall that over the last few days, Covid-19 cases in the U.S. are surging. Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, Oregon and Mississippi reached new peaks in their seven-day average of new cases per day.
As a result of this, the company has told staff it continues to monitor the coronavirus situation and will give them a minimum of one month’s notice before they are required to go back into the office.
Apple staff will only return to office in January, 2022
The delay applies not only to employees in the US, but to all corporate employees globally. However, Apple’s offices and stores remain open.
Apple had already postponed its planned office return to October, after initially saying it would bring workers in three days a week starting in September.
Apple isn’t the only Big Tech company pushing back its office return plans. Last week, Facebook said it will delay its plan to return U.S. employees to the office until January due to concerns about the Covid delta variant.
Amazon announced a similar plan for corporate employees earlier this month.
Some large U.S. firms are also bringing back mask mandates for workers, regardless of their vaccination status.