Apple is joining the ranks of companies like Google in pushing back a plan to return to work at its U.S. offices.
CEO Tim Cook made the announcement Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg, saying Apple employees won’t come back until early 2021.
"We’ve kicked the time period that U.S. employees would come back until early next year," Cook explained. "To go beyond that, it would depend on the success with a vaccine, success with therapeutics."
Cook said Apple’s approach to reopening its offices will be similar to how the company has dealt with its popular retail store locations. He added the company would open offices and then close them again as necessary, depending on current COVID-19 data.
Earlier this week, Google went a step further in announcing most of its 200,000 employees and contractors will be working from home through next June. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement Monday, which also affects other companies owned by Google's corporate parent, Alphabet Inc.
Leaders at social media giant Facebook had previously said the company will further explore permanent opportunities for employees to work remotely.