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Google will not open its offices again until July 2021

The search giant will retain multiple workers at home until next summer.

Google will not reopen offices for several employees until next summer in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, CEO Sundar Pichai told employees that the search giant will extend their work from home choice until June 30, 2021, for jobs that don’t need to be in an office.

The step, previously stated by the Wall Street Journal, would impact almost all the approximately 200,000 full-time and contract workers of the tech giant.

Google delayed the reopening of its US offices earlier this month after coronavirus cases in several states surged. CEO Sundar Pichai previously said the search giant will begin taking back staff as of July 6, but instead said offices would remain closed until at least Sept. 7.

Like with other businesses, Google’s workers have worked from home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Pichai told staff back in May that they’ll probably be operating remotely for the rest of 2020. The Google CEO officially made the decision last week to move back opening offices further, partially because of confusion around school years.

As of Monday, more than 4 million confirmed cases have been recorded in the US, with more than 146,000 dead. According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 report there are over 16 million confirmed cases worldwide.

This article, Google won’t reopen offices until July 2021, originally appeared on CNET.com.

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