The increase in COVID-19 infections in the United States in the last month forces companies like Google to keep their offices closed and their employees to continue to telework for several more months. Specifically, they have announced that they will keep their offices closed until after the summer.
Google had the intention of starting its own de-escalation in July, but the reality of the pandemic in the United States has made it very difficult. The internet giant has decided to keep its employees at home for two more months and leaves its offices closed until after the summer.
Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, has confirmed that its offices in the United States will remain deserted until the 7th of September, as the number of infections and deaths continues to grow in the country. Chris Rackow, Google’s vice president of global security, believes that the recent surge in coronavirus cases in the US shows that “COVID-19 is still very much alive.”
The company had set its return to normality for July 6, when its offices were scheduled to receive the first 10% of total employees, a figure that would gradually increase to 30% if conditions permitted. However, they have had to email all employees asking them to continue working from home until September.
“For everyone who works from home, keep doing it unless your manager tells you otherwise,” Rackow explained in the internal email. “We don’t expect this guide to change until Monday, September 7, at the earliest.”
This decision demonstrates the difficult situation in which the country finds itself. During the month of June, cases of people suffering from coronavirus doubled in up to 14 states such as California, Florida and Texas, according to data published by Reuters. In addition, 21 states have shown a positive test rate above the level that the World Health Organization has identified as dangerous.
This has caused some of the states to back down and not want to open their economies, keeping their citizens in quarantine. Reuters picks up the warnings of the authorities that assure that, although the use of masks in public has been recommended, it is common to see people under 35 years old in bars, parties and all kinds of activities without using masks. The President of the United States, Donald Trump, resists using it, receiving complaints from a large part of the country’s political community.
Given the 129,000 deaths in the country and the constant growth of infections, not only has Google been forced to keep its offices closed, Apple has also closed its stores after opening them.