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Google delays return to US offices past January 10 amid uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant

Google is pushing back the return to offices past January 10, 2022.

  • Google has told US employees they will not be returning to the office on January 10, CNBC reported.
  • The company earlier told non-US employees they too would not be returning.
  • In a memo, the company cited uncertainty over COVID-19 and new travel restrictions.

Google is postponing the return to the office for US employees past its original target of January 10, the company told employees on Thursday, CNBC reported.

A spokesperson from Google told Insider in an email that said that the company had always planned to be flexible with the return to the office date — with January 10 being the earliest.

Google will now wait until 2022 to assess when locations should reopen, and local conditions will play into the decision-making. US workers at Google who want to work from the office have been able to do so, per the spokesperson.

The move comes amid uncertainty over the Omicron COVID-19 variant, with countries imposing new travel restrictions. As Insider reported earlier on Thursday, the company has also pushed back the return to offices in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

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