Sep 1, 2021 - Economy

NYC mayor orders city workers back to their offices

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is directing the city's municipal office workers to return to in-person work by Sept. 13, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: Despite growing concerns about the Delta variant, de Blasio is intent on showing the city reopening, a promise made during an aggressive vaccination campaign.

An email went out on Wednesday to all agency heads with the new order. It noted that “telework will only be allowed in limited circumstances," per the Times.

  • On Tuesday, de Blasio signed an executive order requiring city employees to be vaccinated or produce weekly COVID tests.
  • The order applies mainly to the city's 80,000 office workers. NYC employees more than 300,000 municipal workers. Most perform essential services.
  • The city has been phasing workers back into offices since May 5 with reduced capacity.
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