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Majority of Google, Facebook employees to work from home through rest of 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns

Google and Facebook will allow its employees who can do their work remotely to continue to do so through the end of the year.
This photo shows signage outside the offices of Google in San Francisco with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (WKYC) — Google has announced to employees that it is extending its work from home policy through the end of 2020 for the majority of employees.

According to Forbes, the company has extended its plans for at least the second half of this year but will open offices globally in June for some employees if local guidelines allow it. The announcement coincides with Facebook, as its back-to-work strategy was announced on Thursday as well.

CNBC reports the social media company will allow any employees who can do their work remotely to continue to do so and will begin to open most of its offices on July 6.

Google's chief executive officer Sundar Pichai told employees that those who need to return to the office will have access in July with considerably enhanced safety protocols in place. However, the majority of staff who can complete their work from home will be able to do so through the end of this year.