How Microsoft, Google, McDonald's And Costco Are Approaching Rising COVID Cases

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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.

On September 9, Microsoft  (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Report says that it has indefinitely postponed the return to its offices in the U.S.

“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  (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report has announced the re-extension of its work-from-home policy. On Tuesday, the tech giant said it has extended the policy until January 10, 2022.

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.

Costco  (COST) - Get Costco Wholesale Corporation Report, however, has brought back temporary purchase limits on some items to prevent stockpiling. 

“Some warehouses may have temporary item limits on select items," Costco's website reads.  

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