Facebook said on Thursday it has pushed back its office return date for all U.S. and some international employees until January due to concerns over the highly infectious Delta variant.
“Given the recent health data showing rising COVID cases based on the Delta variant, our teams in the U.S. will not be required to go back to the office until January 2022,” the company said.
The company also added that it is monitoring the situation and working with experts to prioritize the safety of all its employees before they return to the office.
Companies across the United States have tightened their defenses against the virus. Last month, big technology companies including Facebook as well as Google asked U.S. employees to get vaccinated to step into offices, while Twitter said it was shutting its reopened offices in the country.
Amazon has also ordered all U.S. employees to wear a mask at work regardless of their vaccination status.