Facebook is delaying the return to the office until January 2022 for US, some international employees

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook, leaves the Merrion Hotel in Dublin after meeting with Irish politicians to discuss social media regulation, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults. On Tuesday 2nd April 2019, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Facebook announced Thursday that it would postpone its plan to bring U.S. employees back to their office until January 2022 due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 Delta variant.

“Data, not data, determine our approach to the return to the office,” the company said in a statement. “Given the latest health data showing rising Covid cases based on the Delta variant, our teams in the US will not have to return to the office until January 2022. We anticipate this will be the case for some countries outside of the United States. We are continuing to monitor the situation and working with experts to ensure our plans to return to the office prioritize everyone’s safety. “

Facebook had previously sought to bring employees back to its offices in October with strict vaccination and mask requirements.

With the delay, Facebook becomes the newest tech company to postpone its return to office plans until next year. Amazon announced a similar plan for corporate employees last week. Lyft said last month that its employees will not return to the offices until February 2, 2022.

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