JPMorgan and Citigroup push back return to office as Omicron cases surge

Employees at Citigroup and JP Morgan can start the new year working from home. The announcements were made in response to the COVID-19 cases.
CNN obtained a memo from Citi that requested US employees to work from home in the first few weeks of 2022. The bank asked staff to show up twice a week in its return to the office.
According to the memo obtained by Citigroup, they will provide an update in January on when they expect to be back in the office.

In a memo to staff, the bank said that employees who are able to work from home can do so for the first two weeks of January. Employees are expected to return to the office by February 1.
"We are not changing our long-term plans of working in the office," the memo said. The return-to-office plans were not commented on by the company.
Before entering the office, employees were encouraged to get vaccinations, boosted, and tested.
According to the Wall Street Journal, most employees were called back to work on July 6. In August, the investment bank reintroduced masks for all employees.
Unvaccinated employees were restricted from travel and company gatherings of more than 25 people. If they were coming into the office, unvaccinated employees were required to take a test twice a week.
Wall Street wants to get its employees back on site. The Omicron Covid variant has caused some firms to change their return-to-office plans, either by encouraging staff to work from home or canceling events.
Citigroup didn't immediately reply to Insider's request for comment.