Fidelity is allowing staff working out of its Boston headquarters to return to the office, according to news reports.
The company reopened the Boston office last week for any employee ready to come back, after closing it temporarily amid a surge in Covid cases in December, according to the Boston Globe.
The closure only affected staff working out of Boston; Smithfield, Rhode Island; and Merrimack, New Hampshire, FA-IQ sister publication Ignites writes.
Fidelity has not set a date for when employees will be required to return to the office, according to the Globe.
Offices in the U.S. are operating at 36% of their pre-pandemic occupancy on average, the publication writes, citing a survey of keycard swipes in 10 major metro areas conducted by security firm Kastle Systems.
In Boston, meanwhile, the return rate is around 15%, Ameet Amin, general manager of Kastle’s Northeast region, tells the Globe.
Financial services companies have been scheduling their return-to-office dates in recent weeks as the spread of Covid-19 has slowed in the U.S., although several firms have set their returns for April, including Edward Jones and Charles Schwab. Last month, Wells Fargo said it would welcome staff back to the offices starting March 14.
And many firms, including Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, began returning workers to their offices before the end of 2021, although they told staff to stay home leading up to the New Year amid the spike in the omicron strain.
All three firms dropped their mask mandates for vaccinated workers last month after New York Governor Kathy Hochul said the state was dropping mask requirements for most businesses.
Citigroup said in January that it would simply fire anyone who isn’t vaccinated, except for special cases.
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