The Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused a rise in new coronavirus cases averaging over 150,000 daily cases in the United States. In order to tackle this challenge, some companies have extended their work-from-home policy.
“Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we’ve decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening of our U.S. worksites,” Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro wrote in a blog post.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that employees will have a 30-day heads-up before they are expected to come back to the office.
"The road ahead maybe a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together. It’s heartening to see Googlers starting to come back to more offices globally," Pichai said, in a statement. "The ability to reconnect in person has been re-energizing for many of us, and will make us even more effective in the weeks and months ahead."
On the other hand, McDonald's (MCD) - Get McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Report is planning to shut down its indoor dining. The world’s largest restaurant company has reportedly advised its franchisees to close their dining rooms where COVID cases are rising.
"We’re monitoring the impact of the Delta variant closely and recently convened together with our franchisees to underscore existing safety protocols, reinforce our people-first approach and provide updates on the rise in cases in the country," the company said, in a statement.
“Some warehouses may have temporary item limits on select items," Costco's website reads.