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Apple delays return to workplace till January as Covid instances surge

This photo, taken in March 2019, shows Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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Apple employees won’t be returning to the office until January amid fears of rising coronavirus cases, CNBC has confirmed.

The company has told employees that it will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and give them at least a month’s notice before they have to go back to the office. The delay applies to all of the company’s employees worldwide.

Apple offices and stores will remain open.

The number of Covid cases in the USA is increasing. According to CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, Oregon and Mississippi all hit new highs in their seven-day average of new cases on Sunday.

Apple isn’t the only big tech company putting its office return plans on hold. Last week, Facebook said it would postpone its plan to bring U.S. employees back to the office until January 2022 due to concerns about the Covid-19 Delta variant.

Meanwhile, Amazon announced a similar plan for corporate employees earlier this month.

Apple had already postponed the planned return of the office to October after it had initially announced that it would send employees three days a week from September.

Some large US companies are also bringing back mask requirements for workers regardless of their vaccination status, amid concerns about an increase in Covid-19 infections.

News of Apple’s delay was first reported by Bloomberg.

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