Google is pushing back its plans to reopen offices amid a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic.
CEO Sundar Pichai had previously stated that offices would open on July 6. In recent weeks, however, several states have seen significant increases in the number of cases, with some also seeing increased hospitalizations.
As a result, Google has pushed back its reopening date, saying that offices will remain closed until at least September 7. According to Bloomberg, Chris Rackow, Vice President of Global Security, informed employees via a memo.
“While conditions do vary from state to state, we need to see that the U.S. outlook as a whole is stable before we move forward,” wrote Rackow. “As the recent resurgence of cases demonstrates, Covid-19 is still very much alive in our communities.”
Many experts have said the pandemic would forever change how companies do business and interact with their employees. Some companies, such as Twitter, have said they plan on allowing employees to work from home forever.
Only time will tell if Google is able to meet its new September 7 deadline, or if the pandemic will push it back even further.