“Even beyond this next period, guidance from health experts is that it won’t be advisable to have large groups of people get together for a while. Given this, we’re canceling any large physical events we had planned with 50 or more people through June 2021,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
The CEO said some of the planned in-person events would now be virtual, and the company is extending its ban on business travel through June of this year. He extended the company’s work-from-home policy for most of its 44,942 employees through at least the end of May.
Zuckerberg also looked ahead to a time when the company’s workers could begin to return to work, seeming to take a measured approach.
“We’ve also let our employees know that even after more of our teams can return, if there’s any reason they feel they can’t work in our offices — because they are in a vulnerable population, because with schools and camps canceled they don’t have childcare, or anything else — that they can plan to work from home through at least the summer,” he said in the post.
By keeping most Facebook employees at home for a longer period of time, Zuckerberg said he hopes to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“Most Facebook employees are fortunate to be able to work productively from home, so we feel a responsibility to allow people who don’t have this flexibility to access shared public resources first,” he added.
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