A view of the Google sign displaying pride colors at their office building in Chelsea with the pride flag on June 21, 2020 in New York City.
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Google will extend its coronavirus work from home order to summer 2021, The Wall Street Journal said on Monday. Google had originally said employees should expect to return to the office in January 2021.
The Wall Street Journal said Google is expected to make its plans official as soon as Monday, and the change will affect 200,000 employees, including contractors and full-time workers.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment or to confirm the changes.
Most tech companies have announced that the bulk of employees can work from home until the end of 2020, or haven’t finalized a timeline. Amazon, Apple and Facebook have asked that workers return in January. Twitter has allowed employees to work from home “forever” if they wish.
The conservative move from Google could push its tech peers to follow suit.
The development comes as states continue to see outbreaks of the deadly virus. As of Monday, the United States has reported more than 4.2 million cases, with at least 146,900 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.