Google is delaying the return of employees to physical offices until Oct. 18, and when people return to their desks, COVID-19 vaccinations will be needed, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a post. to employees Wednesday July 28.
“Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves healthy and our communities healthy in the months to come,” Pichai said in the email message to employees. Keyword.”
“Anyone coming to work on our campuses should be vaccinated. We are rolling out this policy in the United States in the coming weeks and will be expanding it to other regions in the coming months, ”Pichai wrote.
Exceptions will be made in areas where the vaccine is difficult to obtain and for people who cannot be vaccinated for medical or “other protected reasons”.
Additionally, Pichai said Google’s global voluntary remote work policy will remain in place until October 18. Some campuses have already reopened, and employees “who feel safe” can continue to report to physical locations.
At the same time, we recognize that many Googlers are seeing spikes in their communities caused by the Delta variant and are concerned about returning to the office. This extension will give us time to get back to work while providing flexibility for those. who need it, ”Pichai wrote.
Employees will receive a 30-day notice prior to full return to Google campuses. People with extenuating circumstances have the opportunity to apply for temporary remote working arrangements until the end of the year, per position. This is the second time that Google has delayed the return of employees to its campuses.
The delta variant of COVID-19 is now popping up across the country, prompting the CDC to recommend that people resume wearing masks indoors. The CDC also suggests that whether or not one is vaccinated, all students, teachers and staff in K-12 schools should also wear masks.