Major companies, including Google and Apple, are reconsidering plans to reopen as Delta variant surges
As the contagious Delta variant continues to spread across the United States, more and more companies are delaying plans to reopen offices.
In Numbers: A recent survey of 1,000 human resources professionals conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and Lucid found that half of US companies are concerned about Delta. Some company actors have begun prescribing vaccines for employees to combat the variant.
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Between the lines, about Axios' Erica Pandey: All of the botched return to work plans tell us that the Delta variant could get us back in the middle of the pandemic.
Notable: Scott Gottlieb, former head of the FDA, told CNBC that October, not September, is a "more prudent" time to get employees back to the office.
Apple has postponed its scheduled return to the office in September for at least a month, according to Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal.
Google is now aiming to have most of its employees back in its offices by October 18th, instead of September 1st as before.
Amazon has moved its reopening date from September to January 2022. (So for company employees - warehouse workers basically never left.)
Twitter closed its offices in San Francisco and New York just two weeks after the company reopened. The company has currently suspended the reopening of future offices.
Lyft has postponed the office return date to February 2022.
BlackRock will now reopen in October instead of September.
Wells Fargo has postponed his return to the office until October, a month later than planned.
WME, a Los Angeles-based talent management agency, closed its office for at least a week shortly after it reopened on July 12 for the first time in more than a year.
Asana, a software company originally planning a personal return in September, has announced its employees that the offices in San Francisco and New York will not reopen until February 2022 at the earliest.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated.
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