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U.S. President Joe Biden departs the White House via the North Portico on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The White House will invite all employees back to work in July, signaling an end to pandemic protocols for remote work for President Biden’s core team.

Driving the news: In a memo sent to the White House Office and Office of the Vice President, employees are advised that they "will transition to full time on campus work during the window of July 6 to July 23," according to a copy obtained by Axios.

  • There will be exemptions: "Any staffer with an extenuating circumstance that makes working in person not possible may, in consultation with their manager, continue to work remotely until those circumstances change."

The big picture: The memo is the latest step in reopening the federal workplace, but it does not mean an end to work-from-home guidelines.

  • Each agency will be required to develop its own plan on a phased return of employees, according to an administration official.

Flashback: Last April, President Trump asked federal agencies to consider how they might bring back employees.

The other side: Congressional Republicans have pressed Biden to bring all federal employees back to in-person working.

  • “COVID-19 cases are plummeting across the country and it’s past time for the federal workforce to return to their places of work,” Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) wrote on May 18.

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Dontnod shifts to permanent work-from-home policy

"Life Is Strange." Image: Dontnod Entertainment

Dontnod, the developer behind "Life Is Strange" and "Tell Me Why," will allow employees in its Paris and Montreal studios to decide if they'd like to work from the office or their homes.

Why it matters: Embracing remote work reduces industry gatekeeping and grants workers more control over their careers.

John Frank, author of Denver
Sep 8, 2021 - Health

Who's most at risk in Colorado for COVID-19 breakthrough cases

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Data: CDPHE; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The number of positive COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people continues to hit new highs in Colorado, driven by the proliferation of the Delta variant.

Threat level: The risk varies depending on age and the type of vaccine received, Colorado public health officials said Wednesday.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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  2. Health: Chicago has highest COVID-19 case rates in city worker neighborhoods — International Mission Board to require COVID vaccine for missionaries.
  3. Politics: Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers — Footage shows new details after NYC restaurant incident over proof of vaccination.
  4. Education: More schools using "test-to-stay" strategy to minimize quarantines — Most Kentucky school boards vote in favor of mask mandates —Denver looks to students to close Latino vaccination gap.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.