Google imposes weekly COVID-19 tests for people entering US offices

Alphabet’s Google is temporarily mandating weekly COVID-19 tests for anyone entering Google’s offices or facilities in the United States, the tech giant announced Friday.

Anyone entering Google’s U.S. work sites will be required to test negative and be required to wear surgical-grade masks in the office, the company said.

“To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this time of heightened risk, we are implementing new temporary health and safety measures for anyone accessing our sites in the United States,” a spokesperson said. from Google.

Google offers free at-home and in-person testing options to its employees, dependents, and household members.

The temporary policy of weekly testing comes as cases of the highly contagious Omicron variant of coronavirus surge in the country.

Last month, Google said it was delaying its plan to return to the office globally from January amid growing concerns over Omicron.

Google, which was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home during the pandemic, had told employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they failed to follow its vaccination rules. against COVID-19, according to a CNBC report in December.

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