Silicon Valley firms in no hurry to open up offices despite easing of virus ban



By Paresh Dave

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 (Reuters) - Several of San Francisco Bay Area's largest technology companies including Twitter Inc TWTR.N and Google plan to keep their offices largely closed for months more despite the government allowing them on Tuesday to be opened in a limited capacity.

Taking into account declining coronavirus infections, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties eased guidelines that had kept most office buildings closed for the last year except to crucial security and support staff.

Starting Wednesday, companies are allowed to open up their offices for up to a quarter of their capacity.

"San Francisco is going to come alive," Mayor London Breed told reporters. "When we start to reopen, more and more people are going to want to return to work and want to be around other folks."

But Silicon Valley companies that committed last year to allowing workers to stay home until this summer or indefinitely said that they stood by their timelines.

They cited their own analyses of public health data, other safety considerations and workers' preferences. Adoption of vaccines, which in California are accessible to only the most vulnerable populations, is also a factor but a smaller one.

Networking gear maker Cisco Systems Inc CSCO.O and file-storage service Dropbox Inc DBX.O said their mandatory work from home policies would remain effect until June, while Box Inc BOX.N said its reopening is still scheduled for September.

Pinterest Inc PINS.N is not eyeing a significant reopening until at least August, Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google until September and DocuSign Inc DOCU.O not before October.

Twitter, Adobe Inc ADBE.O , PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL.O , Twilio Inc TWLO.N , Yelp Inc YELP.N and Zoom Video Communications Inc ZM.O also will stay closed despite what Breed and other local government officials described as a move to the "orange tier" from the "red tier" of California lockdown restrictions.

Breed's spokesman Jeff Cretan said San Francisco officials expect smaller and mid-sized companies to be the first to return.

'HIRING ADVANTAGE'

Among the few companies aiming to take advantage of the easing were SAP SE SAPG.DE , which said it is strongly considering partially reopening its Bay Area offices within weeks, and Slack Technologies WORK.N , which is weighing a date to invite back some workers.

San Francisco ecommerce software startup Fast will open its doors - and windows for safety - to up to 25% of its 56 Bay Area employees on Wednesday, spokesman Jason Alderman said. He said the company expects to start getting job applications from people forced to work remotely by their current employers.

"Companies like Fast that are allowing people to come into the office if they want to is going to be a hiring advantage," he said.

A survey late last year of 9,000 knowledge workers commissioned by workplace chat software company Slack found 20% want to work remotely, 17% in the office and 63% a mix of the two.

Facebook Inc FB.O , whose offices otherwise remain closed globally until July 2, said this month it is opening 10% of seats in Seattle area offices to help workers struggling at home. It did not have similar news to share about its San Francisco offices.

Microsoft Corp MSFT.O , which announced plans on Monday to partially reopen its Redmond, Washington, headquarters next week, did not immediately comment on San Francisco locations.

IBM IBM.N declined to discuss Bay Area plans. But several senior executives at its New York headquarters have begun working from their offices with doors closed.
Reporting by Paresh Dave; Additional reporting by Jane Lanhee Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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