Google will no longer require its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but this being said, a policy that requires staffers to be vaccinated to return to the office is still in place. In addition, only employees at Google’s Santa Clara County facilities will have to wear masks in the office.
Google spokesperson Lora Lee Erickson said in a statement, “We’re not enforcing vaccination requirements as a condition of employment for US office workers at this time. “We’re continuing to implement our vaccination policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or approved accommodations for any individuals accessing our sites because it’s one of the most important ways we can keep our workforce safe and keep our services running.”
According to CNBC, Google is lifting a policy that required anyone entering a Google facility, even vaccinated staffers, to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test. However, “unvaccinated employees who are approved to enter offices will still need to follow additional protocols, including testing and wearing a mask, Radcliffe’s note stated.”
The company is reopening amenities like fitness centers without appointments and massages; restoring full shuttle service; adding more places to eat free breakfast and lunch; and opening “all informal spaces” such as lounges, game rooms, music rooms, and massage chairs.