Facebook to Bring Some Employees Back to NYC Offices in July

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Social media giant Facebook is getting ready to bring its employees back to its New York City offices.

The company sent an email to employees on Tuesday letting them know that its Manhattan offices will open July 12 at 25 percent capacity, according to Bloomberg.

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The announcement comes after the tech giant has ramped up its footprint in the city — even during the pandemic. Facebook leased more than 1.5 million square feet in Hudson Yards in 2019 and took 730,000 square feet at Vornado Realty Trust’s Farley Post Office building in August — the largest office lease in Manhattan in 2020.

Facebook’s expanded presence in the city reflects the increasing number of tech industry jobs from companies like Google and Amazon that have also grown their footprint in recent years. The sector has also taken over from finance as the borough’s office leasing driver. 

Masks will be required, where possible, and anyone working at Facebook’s offices must get weekly COVID-19 testing, according to Bloomberg.

Since their offices closed last spring, Facebook workers have been able to work remotely, which they can continue to do until one month after their office returns to 50 percent capacity, reported Bloomberg.

Facebook has already reopened its offices in Seattle and Menlo Park, Calif., at 10 percent capacity, and has said it doesn’t expect to hit 50 percent occupancy at its largest offices until early September.