Amazon is suspending a return to the workplace for its company workers till early subsequent yr, changing into the newest tech firm to take action amid an increase in Covid-19 circumstances because of the extremely contagious delta variant.
Company workers within the U.S. and another international locations will start returning to the workplace starting Jan. 3, 2022, the corporate confirmed. Beforehand, Amazon had mentioned it anticipated most of its workers to start returning frequently to the workplace the week of Sept. 7 of this yr.
In latest weeks, different expertise firms together with Google, Fb, Apple and Twitter have adjusted their return-to-work plans amid an increase in Covid-19 circumstances.
Not like Google and Fb, Amazon received’t require staff returning to its workplace to be vaccinated. Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky confirmed this in a name with reporters following the corporate’s second-quarter earnings report final week.
The corporate would require workers to put on masks within the workplace, until they present proof of full vaccination, Amazon mentioned.
Amazon in June walked again its steering round distant work. The corporate mentioned it expects workers to work within the workplace three days every week, leaving them the choice to work remotely as much as two days every week. That was a major U-turn from its March steering, when it mentioned its aim was to “return to an office-centric tradition as our baseline.”