Google workers in U.S. won’t return to office as expected on Jan. 10

Google will not be requiring its employees to return to offices on Jan. 10 as expected after all, according to an email sent to employees Thursday and seen by CNBC.

The company’s security VP, Chris Rackow, wrote in the email to full-time employees that it will wait until the new year to assess when U.S. offices can safely return to a “stable, long-term working environment.” None of the U.S. locations will adopt the hybrid working mandate on Jan. 10 as planned, his email said.

The new guidance comes after several previous delays and as most of the company’s employees were expected to return to physical offices three days a week. It also comes as a small but growing portion of the company’s employees fight the company’s vaccine mandate.

Health officials in the U.S. and around the world say they are concerned that the new Covid-19 variant omicron, which has some 50 mutations, could prove more transmissible than previous strains and evade vaccines’ protection to some degree.