Apple tells ALL its 12,000 staff at the Cupertino HQ to work from home with immediate effect – following Facebook and Microsoft edicts to its Bay Area staff

Friday, March 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

Apple issued a memo to its employees based at the Santa Clara Valley headquarters Apple Park advising them to remain home Friday
Offices will remain open but the 12,000 Cupertino staff were told to stay away
Facebook has also told all San Fran workers to stay at home and cancel business trips on Friday
Facebook already closed its Seattle office when a contractor there was infected
The closure sees about 17,000 Facebook employees working from home
Microsoft has also told San Francisco Bay and Seattle workers to stay at home
The Seattle bases houses 54,000 employees, a third of its global staff
The company is paying hourly workers even if they can’t come into work
An estimated 83,000 workers are affected between the three companies
California state issued a state of emergency Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases grew

6 March 2020

Apple has advised all 12,000 employees at its Cupertino headquarters to work from home Friday amid heightened coronavirus concerns a day after California declared a state of emergency.

In a memo seen by and issued to all staff at the Santa Clara Valley offices named Apple Park, employees were told that the precaution was being taken following recent guidance from public health officials.

Staff were advised that offices would remain open but that they were ‘encouraging team members’ to stay away despite only sending the email when many would already be traveling to work.

The company joined Facebook and Microsoft who also introduced new policies to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus this week. An estimated 83,000 workers are affected by the closures and work-from-home policies within these three companies alone.

Apple’s retail stores in the area will remain open.

‘As the COVID-19 response has developed, Apple’s dedicated team has focused intently on what’s best for the safety and well-being of our teams,’ said the memo, which was sent to employees around 8.30am Friday when many would already have been on their way to work.

‘On Friday, March 6, we are taking the additional precaution of encouraging team members in our SCV offices to work from home if you can do so.

‘While offices will be open, this change is driven by recent guidance from public health officials that recommends minimizing dense gatherings and reducing proximity where possible.’

It added that the situation would be monitored over the weekend and further updates about the office would be issued.

Facebook has told employees in its San Francisco Bay offices to stay at home Friday and cancel all business trips due to the virus. The company is believed to have around 14,000 employees in the Bay Area.

The social network, which has thousands of offices in the region, is ‘strongly recommending’ all workers in the area to work from home on Friday, March 6, a company spokesman told CNBC.

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