Extra corporations introduced tighter pandemic restrictions on Friday, because the contagious Delta variant continued to trigger a surge in coronavirus instances throughout the nation at a time of rising considerations amongst staff.
The New York Instances Firm indefinitely postponed its deliberate return to the workplace, and Walmart mentioned that it was reinstating masks necessities for associates in some areas. The choices added the businesses to a rising record of companies which might be altering their return plans, asking staff to put on masks once more or requiring vaccinations.
The Washington Submit this week mentioned it could require all staff to point out they have been vaccinated as a situation of employment, Uber mentioned it could require all staff to be vaccinated and delayed its return to the workplace, and Lyft won’t require staff to return to the workplace till February.
“In gentle of the evolution of the virus, together with new traits across the Delta variant and the up to date steering from the C.D.C. this week on masking, we’ve got determined to push out our plans for a full return at the moment,” Meredith Kopit Levien, the chief govt of The New York Instances Firm, wrote in an e-mail to workers on Friday. The corporate had been planning for workers to begin to return, for at the least three days per week, on Sept. 7.
Ms. Levien mentioned that The Instances’s workplaces can be open for many who needed to go in voluntarily, with a compulsory proof of vaccination.
The corporate is “not able to specify a brand new date for a full reopening,” she wrote, including that the corporate would offer staff at the least 4 weeks discover earlier than asking them to return
Walmart mentioned the masks necessities would apply in areas of the nation with substantial or excessive transmission charges, and a spokesman mentioned the corporate recommends that clients put on masks in these areas, too. The retailer can also be doubling its reward to staff who get vaccinated from $75 to $150.
Right here’s what another corporations have mentioned about their altering insurance policies: