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Salesforce to begin reopening some US offices in May to vaccinated employees
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Salesforce announced Monday that it will start bringing U.S. employees back to its San Francisco headquarters on a voluntary basis beginning in May.
The company will also open its offices in Palo Alto and Irvine, California, with more locations expected to reopen in the coming months. However, Salesforce will also extend the option for employees to continue working from home through at least the end of 2021.
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As part of its reopening strategy, Salesforce will allow groups of 100 or fewer vaccinated employees, dubbed Volunteer Vaccine Cohorts, to be the first to return to the offices.
The employees will work on designated floors with safety protocols and health mandates in place, such as onsite COVID testing twice per week and health officers to assist employees and ensure safety measures are being followed.
Depending on COVID case rates and local guidance, Salesforce will gradually transition to its second "phased reopening" stage, where office capacity will increase from 20% to 75%. Employees who are not vaccinated will be welcomed back to the office during this time in addition to those who are vaccinated. About 17 of Salesforce's offices have entered the phased reopening stage — most of which are in the Asia Pacific region.
The third and final stage will be a full reopening with up to 100% capacity, with vaccinations encouraged and testing available where possible. The company currently has five offices open in this stage, including in Sydney, Australia.