Facebook will begin reopening its offices worldwide on July 6th with stringent safety measures in place. The company will begin its global offices with 25 percent capacity, meaning only one-fourth of its standard workforce will be able to work in the same building at the same time.
Even though the July date is in place largely for Facebook’s US and European offices, the report states that some Asian offices may reopen sooner, dependent on the specific country or city’s containment of the novel coronavirus. This plan does not change Facebook’s pledge to allow all of its employees who can perform remote work to do so through the end of 2020.
The reopening plan is part of a multistep process the social network has in place to begin restoring some of its in-person operations, which are crucial to its data center management and the development of hardware like the Portal video chatting device and its Oculus line of virtual reality headsets and accessories.
The company told its employees of the new policy earlier this month, and a vast majority of Facebook’s nonessential staff will likely continue to do so through the end of the year. In addition to hardware, operations, and network management staff that have on-site responsibilities, Facebook also employs scores of service workers that will need to resume work come July.
Facebook is just one of many large tech companies juggling the new reality of remote work with building and executing a plan for reopening as lockdowns begin to ease in the US and around the globe. Google has similarly announced a work-from-home policy for a majority of its staff through 2020 and a phased reopening process starting this summer.