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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The plans of returning to the office get bleak day by day.

New Year’s Eve is in the air in Times Square. The National Basketball Association is canceling games, as is the National Hockey League. Rockets are made for the Christmas season. With headlines about the resurgent coronavirus for companies in the United States, the news of late is unwelcome.

Last week, Apple said it was indefinitely postponing return-to-office plans and The Washington Post announced it was mandating booster shots and weekly testing. And over the weekend, CNN closed its offices to non-essential staff.

The rapid spread of the Omicron version of the virus continues to force changes in companies’ plans and policies. In recent days:

  • Citigroup sent a memo to its employees in New York and New Jersey giving them the option to work from home during the holidays in view of the increase in cases in the New York metropolitan area. JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have not changed their policies but are allowing employees to work from home, according to people familiar with the situation, who declined to discuss personnel matters.

  • JPMorgan Chase’s massive health care convention is going virtual. The event, starting from January 10, the bank is going online “very carefully” told attendees on Wednesday,

  • Goldman Sachs reportedly told teams in New York to cancel holiday parties. The bank has already organized several parties in the last few weeks. JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley are reportedly allowing separate teams and departments to go ahead with holiday parties (for now).

  • Apple delayed its return to office “until a date yet to be determined.” The company on Wednesday told employees about the change in plans after pushing back their return dates three times. It temporarily closed stores in Annapolis, MD, Miami and Ottawa in response to a rise in coronavirus cases.

  • Several Broadway shows were canceled and the Metropolitan Opera would need booster shots. The cancellations came after members of the cast or crew for shows including “Hamilton” tested positive. The season’s new rule mandating boosters for staff and audience members, which takes effect January 17, makes it the first major performing arts institution to introduce such a measure. “Everyone is going to do this,” said Met general manager Peter Gelb.

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