Google delays return to office to January

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Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., wears a protective mask while attending a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.

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Google is postponing its workers' return to the office, for the third time, as the highly contagious delta variant of the Covid-19 virus spreads. CEO Sundar Pichai announced in a blog post Tuesday that the new date is Jan. 10.

Several other tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Apple, are also reassessing their return-to-office plans.

Pichai said the extension will offer workers more flexibility. Beyond Jan. 10 the company will allow different countries and locations to decide when to end the voluntary work-from-home conditions with at least a 30-day notice. Google has continuously adjusted its Covid-related workplace policies based on what various locations' government health experts recommend.

"The road ahead may be a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together," Pichai said.

In December, Google delayed its return to offices to Sept. 1, after which employees would be required to work in person for at least three days a week.

In July, Pichai announced a second delay, to Oct. 18, and said returning workers would be required to get vaccinated.

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