Apple has indefinitely delayed the date for the company’s employees to return to the office, according to Bloombergs Mark Gurman and NBC News’ Zoe Schiffer. CEO Tim Cook sent an email to staff on Wednesday, saying the date for returning to work “has not yet been set.” That confirms the company The edge that the date has not been set. Cook also announced that Apple would give each business employee $ 1,000 to use for home office equipment, both Gurman and Schiffer reported.
The delay comes as COVID-19 cases increase and the omicron variant begins to spread. Workers were previously due to return to offices on Feb. 1 in a hybrid labor pilot announced internally in November. It itself was already delayed; the company has previously changed its plans.
Apple closed three retail stores this week in response to rising COVID-19 infections. On Tuesday, it began requiring customers to wear masks while inside its retail stores.