Apple delays its return to office as the Delta variant surges.

Apple pushed again its return-to-office plans by a month in response to the latest surge in coronavirus circumstances, which has been fueled by the unfold of the Delta variant.

The firm informed staff on Monday that they’re now anticipated to return to the office on Oct. 1 as a substitute of early September. The firm mentioned the date may shift additional relying on the unfold of the virus, in accordance to an individual with information of the matter.

Some staff, such as those that construct hardware, have already returned to Apple’s places of work. At the starting of the pandemic, Apple closed a lot of its retail shops, however these have since reopened.

Apple declined to remark additional. The firm had 147,000 full-time staff as of September. Bloomberg earlier reported the modified return-to-office date.

Like many corporations, Apple has delayed its staff’ return date a number of instances, however it’s one in all the first main firms to reply to the Delta variant unfold.

Throughout the pandemic, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of the pattern towards distant work, with tech corporations like Twitter and Facebook amongst the first to order their staff to do business from home in early 2020. Many tech corporations additionally finally determined to make distant work everlasting.