CNN closed its offices due to the increase in COVID-19 infections.

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CNN closed its offices due to the increase in COVID-19 infections.

The chain explained that only the indispensable workers would attend to keep the signal on the air, and they must wear masks at all times. In addition, the company already required that everyone be vaccinated.

The CNN is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in many other US cities, including New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Amid the spread of the Omicron variant, positive cases are increasing substantially in Los Angeles, New York, and London, where live entertainment shows have been hit.

Tech companies delay the return.

Major US companies have to re-evaluate their back-to-office plans and tighten requirements for vaccines or masks. The resumption of pre-virus labor standards was only partially progressing in the United States when the new variant arrived, spreading rapidly and sparking new concern.

Legal challenges have made the future of President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate for companies with more than 100 workers uncertain, and companies have pursued their requirements.

Apple has reinstated the mandatory masks in all its US stores after making it optional in November at about 100 outlets. The iPhone maker also temporarily closed stores this week in Florida, Maryland, and Ontario's Canadian province.

According to an internal document seen by CNBC, tech giant Google has been remarkably inflexible in warning employees of lost pay or even termination if they don't report their vaccination status within a specified time frame. "We strongly believe that our vaccination requirements are one of the most important ways to keep our workforce safe and our services running," Google told AFP.

The search engine giant has also indefinitely postponed the return to the office of its engineers and developers, initially scheduled for January.

For its part, Meta, Facebook's parent company, offered its employees the choice between working at home or the office.

Amazon, which had suggested returning its on-site workers to the office at least three days a week in early 2022, planned to make more announcements in January, the company told AFP. Warehouse employees and drivers are not affected by these provisions.

Apple has reinstated the mandatory masks in all its US stores after making it optional in November at about 100 outlets. The iPhone maker also temporarily closed stores this week in Florida, Maryland, and Ontario's Canadian province.