Twitter announced Wednesday that it will close its New York City and San Francisco offices and temporarily halt all other office reopenings, in response to the CDC’s recent warnings about COVID-19.
Silicon Valley was already, in May 2020, the first major tech company to allow employees to work from home permanently, even following the coronavirus shutdown ended.
On Wednesday, it said it would close its two largest offices.
“After watchful consideration of the updated CDC guidelines, and in light of the current circumstances, Twitter has made the decision to close our begin offices in New York and San Francisco as well as temporarily halt coming office reopenings, effective immediately,” the company said. ‘.
“We persevere to monitor local conditions and make necessary changes that prioritize the health and safety of our tweeters.”
The decision was made just two weeks following offices reopened in both cities.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, pictured on June 4, made the decision to close his company’s two largest offices. Headquarters in San Francisco and New York offices will be closed immediately to begin up a unused surge in COVID-19 infections, from a delta variant
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Twitter’s offices in New York, in the city’s Chelsea area, will also be closed immediately
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that fully vaccinated Americans in parts of the country with ‘significant or lofty transmission’ of COVID-19 return to wearing masks indoors, citing unused data on the severe delta variant. infection.
The CDC also said masks should be required from everyone inside K-12 schools as classes are urged to return to packed-time classrooms, with ‘appropriate prevention strategies in place’.
The agency has recommended that all vaccinated people consider wearing a mask if someone in their home is unable to protect against the vaccine, such as those with compromised resistant systems or children who are too young to get an injection, regardless of transmission levels. in their community.
Jennifer Christie, Twitter’s director of human resources, said in March that the company “probably won’t be the alike” in its post-pandemic work culture.
“People who were unwilling to work remotely will find that they really prosper this way,” she said.
Managers who didn’t think they could manage secluded teams would have a distinct perspective. I think we will not return.
Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, Twitter spokesperson Adrian Zamora said Twitter had previously asked employees to show proof of vaccination prior returning.
The company allows employees to persevere working remotely permanently if they choose, but it will preserve its office space.
Twitter headquarters locations in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, in the Midmarket lane. The company moved in 2012, and the offices have about 1,000 of its 5,200 employees.
The Twitter office in New York, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, opened with distinguished fanfare in 2015. About 400 people reportedly worked there, and celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Donald Trump toured the building.
Earlier on Wednesday, both Facebook and Google announced that they would require their US-based employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus prior returning to the office in October.
The vaccine requirement will be imposed first at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California and other US offices prior being expanded to the more than 40 other countries where Google operates.
Facebook will require employees to be vaccinated prior returning to the office
“How we implement this policy will depend on local conditions and regulations,” Laurie Guler, Facebook’s vice president of people, said Wednesday afternoon.
We will have a process for those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons and we will evaluate our approach in other areas as the situation evolves.
About half of the social media platform’s 58,000 employees are expected to work remotely when offices begin in October.
Earlier in the day, Google also said it is requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to campus starting in mid-October.
The company announced that the date was delayed by a month due to the increase in the number of cases nationwide fueled by the Indian delta variant.
In an email on Wednesday sent to more than 130,000 Google employees, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company now aims to return most of its workforce to its offices starting October 18 instead of the previous target date of September 1.
The decision also affects the tens of thousands of contractors that Google intends to preserve paying while access to its campuses remains limited.
“This extension will allow us time to return to work while providing flexibility for those who need it,” Pichai wrote.
This requirement will first be enforced at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California and other US offices prior it extends to the more than 40 other countries in which Google operates.
Pichai wrote that the vaccine’s mandate will be adjusted to comply with the laws and regulators of each location, and exceptions will be made for medical and other “protected” reasons.
“Vaccination is one of the most significant ways to preserve ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead,” Pichai explained.
Google’s decision to require in-office vaccines follows similar moves affecting hundreds of thousands of government workers in California and New York as part of escalating measures to combat the Indian delta variant.
Other major tech companies, including Apple and Amazon, have not yet mandated required return-to-work vaccines.
Microsoft said it will not require workers to be vaccinated in order to come to work, although company officials are recommending that employees receive the vaccine.
The rapid rise in cases over the former month has prompted more public health officials to urge tougher measures to aid overcome vaccine doubts and misinformation.
The vaccine demand is coming up in California next month and covers more than 240,000 government employees.
Google on Wednesday told its more than 130,000 employees that they will all be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to the office in mid-October. The image overhead shows the headquarters of Google in Mountain View, California
The city and county of San Francisco is also requiring its approximately 35,000 workers to be vaccinated or risking disciplinary action following the Food and Drug Administration approved one of the vaccines now being distributed under an emergency order.
It’s unclear how many Googlers haven’t been vaccinated yet, though Pichai described the rate as lofty in his email.
Google’s decision to extend its secluded work follows a similar move by another tech company, Apple, which recently moved plans to return to offices from September to October as well.
Delays by Apple and Google may affect other major employers to take similar precautions, given that the tech industry has been at the forefront of the shift to secluded work brought about by the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Even prior the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in March 2020, Google, Apple and many other eminent tech companies were asking their employees to work from home.
This is the third time that Google has postponed when to fully reopen its offices.
Google’s vaccine requirement could also urge other employers to issue similar mandates to protect against delta-variable outbreaks and decrease the need to wear masks in the office.
While most companies plan to bring their workers back at fewest a few days a week, other companies in the tech industry have decided to allow employees to do their jobs from secluded locations permanently.
US companies ordering or motivating workers to get an antiviral vaccine
These companies require employees to receive the vaccination
Delta Airlines (for unused hires only)
Broadway production in Hamilton
Houston Methodist Hospital Network (for existing employees and unused hires)
sax Storage Department
United Airlines (for unused hires only)
Peninsula Boys and Girls Clubs
Eleven Madison ParkIt is a Michelin restaurant in New York City
Sunrise Senior Living
These companies offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated
ALDI Grocery (paid leave and adjusted hours to get vaccinated)
Amazon (Bonus $100 for workers who show proof of vaccination on their first working day)
amtrak (2 hour bonus and excused absence)
American Airlines (An additional paid day off in 2022 and a bonus of $50)
Bolthouse Farms (Bonus of $500 with proof of vaccination or if they are infected in an on-site clinic)
Chobani (Up to six hours of paid leave for employees to receive vaccination)
Darden Restaurants, who owns Olive Garden (four hours of paid vacation to cover two doses of the vaccine)
general dollar (One-time stipend equal to four hours of paid vacation)
Instacart (salary $25 for in-store employees and self-reliant contractors)
JBS USA and Pilgrim’s (bonus $100)
Kroger ($100 bonus with proof of vaccination plus $100 store credit and 1,000 fuel points for essential and frontline employees)
Lidl ($200 bonus and flexible scheduling for vaccination appointments)
McDonald’s (Up to four hours of paid vacation to get vaccinated)
publix ($125 gift cards for employees who show proof of vaccination)
Starbucks (Up to four hours of paid vacation for vaccine dose appointments)
targeting (Up to four hours of paid vacation per vaccine dose and $30 reimbursement for using Lyft to get to their appointment)
Trader Joe (Paid an extra 2 hours per dose and scheduling flexibility)
Small businesses with fewer than 500 employees can obtain a tax credit from the IRS to make up for the time employees use to receive or recover from immunizations.
These companies provide workplace vaccinations at on-site clinics
Legacy Restaurants, headquartered in Houston
Los Angeles County