Facebook Cancels All Large In-Person Events Through June 2021

Employees are required to continue working from home until at least the end of this May

Scenes like this in Menlo Park are still a ways off JasonDoiy/iStock

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his company’s latest measures in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and the changes are far more long-term than quick fixes.

The vast majority of Facebook employees will be required to continue working from home until at least the end of May, extending a policy that was first enacted March 6.

Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, “We will require the vast majority of our employees to work from home through at least the end of May in order to create a safer environment both for our employees doing critical jobs who must be in the office, and for everyone else in our local communities. A small percent of our critical employees who can’t work remotely—like content reviewers working on counterterrorism or suicide and self-harm prevention, and engineers working on complex hardware—may be able to return sooner, but overall, we don’t expect to have everyone back in our offices for some time.”

He added that employees with situations such as being part of a vulnerable population or childcare issues due to canceled schools or camps will be allowed to work from home at least through the summer.

All in-person events that were planned for 50 or more people are also canceled through June 2021, with some being converted to virtual events.

And Facebook’s ban on business travel was extended through the end of this June.

Zuckerberg wrote, “Most Facebook employees are fortunate to be able to work productively from home, so we feel a responsibility to allow people who don’t have this flexibility to access shared public resources first. I hope this helps contain the spread of Covid-19 so that we can keep our communities safe and get back up and running again soon.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.