Apple delays its return to workplace because the Delta variant surges.


Apple has postponed its plans to return to the office for 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 they are now expected to return to the office on October 1 instead of early September. The company said the date could shift further depending on the spread of the virus, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Some employees, such as those who build hardware, have already returned to the Apple offices. At the beginning of the pandemic, Apple closed many of its retail stores, but these have since reopened.

Apple declined to comment further. The company had 147,000 full-time employees as of September. Bloomberg had previously reported the changed date of return to the office.

Like many companies, Apple has postponed the return date of its employees several times, but is one of the first large corporations to react to the spread of the Delta variant.

Throughout the pandemic, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of the remote working trend, with tech companies like Twitter and Facebook being among the first to order employees to work from home in early 2020. Many tech companies ended up choosing to work remotely on a permanent basis.