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People are enjoying the view from the top of Rockefeller Center when office buildings were largely empty in New York City in March.

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The surge in Covid-19 cases in the US threatens plans to reopen offices this fall, according to reports released earlier this week.

This was reported by Bloomberg on Monday shortly before midnight


(Ticker: AAPL) will postpone the deadline it set workers to start working in the office. The company had previously told employees that they will have to work in the office three days a week from September, according to The Verge.

Now, Bloomberg says Apple won’t ask its employees to return until at least October. The shift comes as Covid-19 rates rise in the US, fueled by the highly transferable Delta variant.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Barron’s.

The Santa Clara district of California, where Apple’s headquarters are located, recommended Friday that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks in public places indoors. The average number of new daily Covid-19 cases in California has increased 300% in the past 14 days, according to the New York Times.

Also on Monday, Fox Business reported that top Wall Street bank officials, many of whom have been aggressive against returning employees to the office, will “at least think about” their return plans in the face of the recent surge in cases to change .

The surging back to the office came on a day when investors awoke to the delta threat and the markets were having their worst day in months. By Tuesday, stocks were back up slightly in early trading, with futures on the

S&P 500

0.4% increasing.

According to a report by tech industry website Recode on Monday, some employees pushed back the company’s mandate to return to the office and issued a letter asking to be allowed to work full-time from home.

Bloomberg reported that the company will warn employees for at least a month before asking them to return to the office.

Many other employers in all industries set a timeframe in early September for office workers to resume their personal work. Whether that changes now remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, some of the soil gained in the effort to return to normal seems to be disappearing. Inner mask recommendations were reintroduced in the US on Monday, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to advise that fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks.

The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center reported 52,111 new cases of Covid-19 in the United States on Monday.