Facebook announced Monday that all employees will be required to wear masks when offices reopen. The policy will take effect on August 3 and is valid until further notice. The company confirmed last week that it is requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees returning to work on U.S. campuses intends to reopen completely by October.
“Given the growing number of COVID cases, the latest information on COVID variants, and increasing local requirements, we will return our mask requirements to all of Facebook’s U.S. offices, regardless of the employee’s vaccination status,” said a Facebook spokesman.
The Facebook update took place the same day Bay Area health officials announced the return inner cover requirements in several provinces. The order comes amidst the growth in COVID-19 cases across the country due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated his instructions last week to recommend camouflage to vaccinated people in areas with high COVID-19 levels.
Other companies are also changing their plans and practices in accordance with case numbers, CDC recommendations, and local guidelines. Google postponed its plans to reopen last week and announced its intention require vaccination for all office workers. Apple is require masks for all customers and staff, vaccinated or not, at most U.S. retail stores.