Apple pushed back its plans to return to the office by a month in response to the recent surge in coronavirus cases, fueled by the spread of the Delta variant.
The company told employees on Monday that it expected to return to the office on October 1 instead of early September. The company said the date could change further depending on the spread of the virus. of the virus, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
Some employees, such as hardware builders, have returned to Apple’s offices. At the beginning of the pandemic, Apple closed many of its retail stores, but those stores have since reopened.
Apple declined to comment further. As of September, the company has 147,000 full-time employees. Bloomberg previously reported the date back to the office had changed.
Like many other companies, Apple has repeatedly delayed employee return dates, but it was one of the first major corporations to respond to the spread of the Delta variant.
Throughout the pandemic, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of the telework trend, with tech companies like Twitter and Facebook among the first to order their employees to work from home in early 2020. Many tech companies are finally deciding to implement long-term remote work.