Google to reopen California offices on voluntary basis in July


Google is reopening its California offices on a voluntary basis starting July 12, a key step as it prepares to require most workers back in September for at least three days a week.

The tech giant won’t require that workers be vaccinated, but those who provide proof can remove their masks in the office. Unvaccinated employees or those who don’t provide verification will be subject to a mask mandate and weekly coronavirus testing, a spokesperson said. Tech companies have generally declined to have vaccination mandates.

Google is one of the biggest office tenants in the Bay Area, with vast campuses in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Redwood City. It occupies numerous buildings near San Francisco’s Embarcadero, including in the Ferry Building, One Market Plaza and Rincon Center. Its YouTube division is headquartered in San Bruno.

The company’s Southern California offices, which include Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego, will reopen in two waves on July 13 and July 27.

The offices won’t have capacity limits or require social distancing, and the company plans to gradually bring back its signature perks of free food and shuttle buses.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in May that, long-term, he expects around 60% of workers to come into the office a few days a week, 20% to switch to work in new office locations, and 20% to be fully remote.


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