Amazon has extended its return-to-office date for tech and corporate employees until January as COVID-19 disease cases surge nationally due to the more contagious delta variantof coronavirus.
Unlike, Microsoft and other technology majors, Amazon will not mandate employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before they return to the office.
Instead, the company said on Thursday that unvaccinated employees will be required to wear masks and other sanitizing protocols in the office.
The rise of coronavirus delta variant cases and other variants worldwide has upended many companies plans to bring office workers back this fall.
But, a surge in cases had already complicated the efforts to assist with widespread employee preference for flexible remote work policies after long debates over how to handle vaccines campaign, masking and other covid policies.
Other major companies that have postponed their reopening plans include Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Facebook and Lyft.
As per the plans which were previously reported by The Seattle Times which stated that Amazon, previously set a September 7 return date and said employees will now be expected to report to it US offices to January 3.
Amazon is also executing a composite work plan which will allow many corporate sector employees to continue working from home for at least two days a week.
The delay in opening offices has affected nearly 60 thousand people working in Amazon’s offices in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. And, tens of thousands more corporate employees working across the world for Amazon.
While, around 1.2 million Amazon global workforce are still expected to show up at Amazon warehouses to pack boxes, sort merchandise, load and unload trucks.