McDonald’s told its corporate workforce Wednesday that it is pushing back the reopening of its offices by more than a month and will require returning staff to be fully vaccinated.
The fast-food giant joins a number of other employers, such as Amazon, in delaying their return to the office or requiring workers to be fully vaccinated, as concerns over the delta variant grow. Earlier on Wednesday, the NYSE announced it would require traders to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 13 to access the trading floor. While it is possible for inoculated people to get Covid-19, severe illness is extremely rare among the fully vaccinated population.
McDonald’s is pushing back its reopening date from Sept. 7 to Oct. 11 to allow its U.S. corporate workforce to get vaccinated and build up their immunity. Those workers will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 27. They will be able to request exemption for medical or religious reasons.