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Google and Apple employees will not return to their offices until 2021

It seems that the mass return of IT employees to offices in September is not expected — Apple's CEO Tim Cook said the company's remote works will continue until at least the beginning of 2021, and Google predicts a return to normal mode no earlier than next summer. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to give a specific answer on filling the office, complaining that the quarantine “does not have an end in sight.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that due to the situation with COVID-19 employees are allowed to continue working from home until at least the beginning of 2021. This is reported by Bloomberg.

“Everything will depend on the creation of a vaccine, the appearance of drugs, and other factors,” the CEO said.

Earlier it was reported that some Apple employees will go to work in June this year. Most should have returned to their seats in July, but the pandemic, which is not yet on the decline, has made its own adjustments.

Cook compared the process of returning employees to the office to the opening of retail stores of the company — the decision on these issues will be made in accordance with developments.

In June, Apple had to re-close several dozen stores in the United States due to an outbreak of coronavirus in some States. A month before, the company's management mentioned that it could close stores again if the health of employees and customers was threatened.

“We carefully study all available data, including local outbreaks, short — and long-term trends, and recommendations from national and local health authorities. This is not a decision that should be made hastily, and opening a store, in any case, does not mean that we will not close it again if there is an adverse situation,” said Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's Senior Vice President of retail and human resources.

Google is also in no hurry to return employees to work. The removal mode in the “Corporation of good” was extended until the summer of 2021.

“To give our employees the opportunity to plan ahead, we are extending work at home until June 30, 2021, for those employees whose presence in the office is optional. I hope this will give you the opportunity to combine work and care for yourself and your loved ones over the next 12 months,” Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a letter.

As for the head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, he does not want to give any predictions about when his employees will be able to return to normal mode. According to him, given the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the US, the end of the pandemic is not in sight.

"This is particularly frustrating because we could have avoided a spike in the disease rate if our government had taken it more seriously," the billionaire said.

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