Facebook (Meta) delays office reopening until March, needs Covid booster

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A man takes a selfie in front of the logo for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook’s new name, at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on October 28, 2021.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

Facebook parent Meta said on Monday that it would need to give employees Covid-19 boosters and that it would delay returning all employees to U.S. offices until March 28 as the Omicron variant rewrote the reopening plan for its Silicon Valley offices .

Meta said on Monday that it chose to delay its return to the office to give employees more flexibility during the pandemic. The company had previously planned to fully reopen its offices on Jan. 31 for vaccinated employees. Its headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.

“Given the current COVID-19 situation, we are focused on ensuring our employees continue to choose where they work. We know that ongoing uncertainty makes it difficult to decide where to work right now, so we are giving more time to choose the most Something that works for them,” Janelle Gale, vice president of human resources at Meta, said in a statement.

If employees want to work remotely after March 28, they need to apply to Meta for an extension by mid-March, the company said. These extensions will last three to five months.

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 forced several of Meta’s neighbors in Silicon Valley to delay their plans to return to work, but Meta was one of the first major companies to tell its employees that proof of booster shots was needed. Work in the office.

Apple told employees last month that it had no firm date for returning to the office. In December, Google parent Alphabet postponed its January 10 return to work indefinitely until workers could return to “stable, long-term work environments.”


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