Apple delays office return to at least January over COVID-19 fears

Apple is once again delaying its return to corporate offices pushing their return to work date from October to January 2022, at the earliest, over COVID-19 fears, according to a memo sent to employees on Thursday.

Apple delays office return to at least January over COVID-19 fears. Image: Deirdre O’Brien is Apple's senior vice president of Retail + People
Deirdre O’Brien is Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People
The memo from Apple human resources and retail head Deidre O’Brien reads, in part:

Our response to the pandemic continues as we see growing cases of COVID-19 in many of our communities. Based on a thorough and thoughtful analysis of local conditions, we have decided to delat our return to the offie until jnauary. We will provide a minimum of one month;s notice on our return date and will share any updates as we learn more.

Our office and stores remain open, and we’ll continue to implement health protocols such as masking and distancing as necessary based on local data and regulations.

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

The memo to staff, sent by human resources and retail head Deirdre O’Brien, added that the company does not currently expect to shutter its offices or retail stores. But she strongly encouraged staff to get vaccinated. The company is yet to require vaccinations or testing, though it is upping its testing program to as many as three at-home coronavirus tests per week.

After dropping its mask requirement in June, Apple reinstated the policy last month. The company also nixed a plan to reboot in-store classes after less than a day…

A January 2022 return would mean that Apple employees will have gone nearly two years without being required to enter corporate premises, since the start of the virus surge in the U.S. in March 2020.

MacDailyNews Take: Sigh.


      1. I am pretty sure you ignore millions of babies killed every year because their mothers don’t want them to live. And you think that is cool. The survival rate if you get COVID is roughly 99.98% and that is not taking into account early treatment with drugs that work, which cures almost every case. The survival rate of abortion is 0%. Every one dies. And those are intentional murders. And virtually every employee of Apple supports those homicides. Even the ones who are too afraid to go to work. They should try being a fetus inside a liberal woman.

        1. Pro tip: If all you can do is to try to use whataboutism by making sweeping generalizations based on a bunch of false assumptions, then you don’t have a very strong case.

          1. If all you can do is avoid the true statement I made that you support genocide while whining like a bitch about some germs, then you are not only a degenerate, you are also a pussy.

            1. lol you’re so adorable. Throw all the lies and false assumptions at me you want… It doesn’t change reality and just makes you look dumb and hysterical.

          2. Specifically list the “false assumptions” and false “generalizations.” You CANNOT. Kent provided facts and statistics while you GENERALIZE and accuse others EXACTLY what you are doing.

            What you posted PROVES you not only look dumb and hysterical — more importantly — you got NOTHING!…

        1. 31!? Wow, so… safe!

          I’m sure antibody tests would show that MOST of them have already had Wuhan. Off the sofa and back to work.

          But, management has to play along with the misinformation and misdirection at least until after next year’s mid-terms or maybe evening November 2024.

  1. Mass psychosis is an epidemic of madness and it occurs when a large portion of a society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions. Such a phenomenon is not a thing of fiction. Two examples of mass psychoses are the American and European witch hunts 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century.

    1. So you’re OK with the drunk driver wiping out your nearest and dearest jumping red lights whilst shouting “It’s their fault for getting in my way”?
      And you’re totally OK with a teacher smoking in class and killing your kids? Because “my body my choice”
      And you would totally back a restaurant worker’s right to not wash their hands whilst handling your food and giving your pregnant wife/daughter food poisoning resulting in a miscarriage, still birth or life long foetal deformity?
      Because “Pussies!”
      And I’ll bet you are totally behind the Alabama doctor who says he will refuse to treat unvaccinated patients?
      Bat shit crazy in MDN’s safe space for the sociopathic Trump death cult.

      1. You got it ALL WRONG as usual, Leftist Loon. President Trump still living in your head rent free, good. Yes indeed, “Pussies!” like you and your ilk get it wrong every time…

    1. September 17th of 2025? Did Apple ever specify the year?

      We can all safely (that is ironic) assume that the pandemic, variants, vaccines, boosters, masks and lockdowns will continue until November 6, 2024 (or later).

      1. Misinformation and misdirection will continue until after November 6, 2024:

        fake insurrection investigations, stagnating home market, pandemic, Trump’s fault, vaccines, boosters, inflation, variants, rising durable goods prices, peaceful riots, mask m-ndates, southern boarder crisis, higher gas prices, ice cream cones, shutdowns, violent riots, wacky teachers unions, rising food prices, lockdowns, fake one-star downvotes, sky high crime, fake teachers not teaching, and rising Consumer Price Index.

        I’m sure there is more lefty crap – what did I leave out?

        1. Hi from the UK

          As an outside observer I might add to lefty crap ‘Joe Biden is doing a wonderful job, Covid 19 is a monster and not the usual annual ‘flu, vitamins C and D can be sidelined, anti-social distancing (I refuse to call it social as it isn’t) will prevent infection.’

          I have a general definition for this which I call Stupid 20. I attach a link for anyone interested.

          By the way, we used to say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Would going into Apple corporate offices do the same? Anything to help avoid a pointless vaccine.

          Kind regards

          Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

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