Amazon (AMZN) told employees that most will back to the office "by early fall"

March 31, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) told employees that most will back to the office "by early fall."

From Amazon:

Many of you have been asking for some guidance around returning to the office, so you can better plan the next several months (including school plans for those with kids). We wanted to share our thinking and provide an update beyond the June 30 guidance we’ve provided to date.

Our plan is to return to an office-centric culture as our baseline. We believe it enables us to invent, collaborate, and learn together most effectively.

The timelines for returning to the office will vary by country, depending on the infection and vaccination rates, and we expect our return to the office to be gradual. In many parts of Asia, our employees are already back in the office. In the U.S., as vaccines become broadly available in the next few months, we expect more people will start coming into the office through the summer, with most back in the office by early fall. In some countries in Europe, we expect in-person working to take longer given recent setbacks. As we get closer to the summer, we’ll develop more country-specific plans and post all updates to Inside Amazon under Local News.

As a reminder, Amazon offices remain open and about 10% of our corporate population currently works from an office each day. Restaurants, cafes, and shops in our buildings are planning to re-open soon as well. As always, we maintain strong safety protocols, such as temperature screenings upon entry, physical distancing guidelines, face covering requirements, office occupancy limits, and enhanced cleaning in all offices. As we transition back to the office, please continue to follow health authority and local government guidelines.

The health and safety of our employees is and has been our top priority as we’ve thought about how and where people should work during the pandemic. Over the past year, teams have done incredible work under difficult circumstances, and we’ve learned a lot about the pros and cons of remote work. We look forward to the day in the not-too-distant future when we can again invent together—safely and in person—on behalf of customers.

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