Twitter closes SF, NY offices 'until further notice' as COVID-19 surges

The Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced it's initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England.
The Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced it's initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Photo credit Bethany Clarke/Getty Images
By , KCBS Radio

The spread of the contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is prompting several tech companies to mandate returning employees be vaccinated for COVID-19 – and now, at least one is closing its major offices.

Twitter announced to employees it will close its San Francisco and New York offices "until further notice," a spokesman confirmed to KCBS Radio via email on Wednesday afternoon. The office closure allows the company "to closely monitor local conditions and make necessary changes that prioritize the health and safety of our Tweeps."

Much of Twitter’s workforce will be permanently allowed to work remotely, a move the company announced even as the pandemic raged.

The news comes on the same day Google pushed back its return-to-work plan until at least Oct. 18 due to the spike in cases locally and nationwide. Facebook, which joined Google in announcing vaccination requirements for returning employees on Wednesday, began reopening its offices in May.

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