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Apple sets September 5 back-to-office deadline after Covid delays

Apple Inc. set a Sept. 5 deadline for corporate employees to be in the office at least three days a week, marking its latest comeback attempt after Covid-19 spikes delayed its plans several times.

The Company will require employees to work from the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and a third regular day to be determined by individual teams. This is a change from Apple’s original plan, which called for in-person work on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The company notified employees of the new approach on Monday.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has been working to get its employees back into the office since at least June 2021, when it first announced the three-day policy. But virus outbreaks forced the company to push back deadlines, leaving workers on a two-day-a-week schedule. The new policy will go into effect first in Silicon Valley and then roll out to other offices.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the updated deadline.

Apple has been making other Covid-19 adjustments. The new policy comes weeks after the company dropped its mask mandate in common office areas. Apple had removed this requirement on individual desktops a few months ago.

The company also held an in-person meeting on its campus in June to watch a developer conference presentation. It was the first time since 2019 and signaled that Apple was slowly getting closer to normal operations.

In Santa Clara County, home to many of Apple’s main offices, the seven-day case average and daily count of new Covid cases have declined since July, but are still much higher than before of Omicron peaks in early 2022. Still, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its Covid-19 recommendations last week.

The iPhone maker has been one of the strictest tech companies when it comes to pushing employees into the office, upsetting some employees, Bloomberg News has reported. Microsoft Corp., Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google. and others have become more open to remote work in recent months.

It’s a busy time for Apple. The company is gearing up for an event in September to announce the iPhone 14 and new watches. It’s also preparing updated Macs and iPads for release later this year.


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