New York Times Co said Wednesday that it is putting its plan on hold to ask employees to return to the office as COVID-19 cases rise in the United States.
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Employees in the company with headquarters in New York Citywas previously set to return to office in June.
The United States has an average of nearly 97,000 new cases a day, up from about 73,000 a week ago, according to a Reuters poll in which New York City raises its COVID-19 alarm level to high on Tuesday.
“Based on the city’s guidance and advice from our health experts, we are pausing the start of our expected phase of return to the office until conditions improve,” the company said in a note sent to its staff.
The company also said it strongly recommends that employees wear masks in common areas of its facilities, including elevators, meeting rooms, restrooms and pantries, where social distancing is not possible.