Citing the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, Hachette Book Group has reversed a decision announced in July to reopen for in-person work at HBG offices this September. Prior plans had called for a hybrid working model requiring employees to work in-person at least two days a week.
In a letter to employees released yesterday, CEO Michael Pietsch wrote: "We have decided to postpone the reopening of our offices, which had been set for September. We have not set a new reopening schedule at this time. When we decide it is safe to proceed with reopening, we will provide a minimum of four weeks’ notice before we proceed."
Currently, the New York City offices are open for those who want to use them, though they are limited in capacity. In addition, Pietsch's letter yesterday said that, "beginning the week of August 9, any employee who wishes to visit an HBG office will be required to provide proof of vaccination in advance. Face coverings will also be required in our offices at all times, unless you are alone in a conference room or at your desk without anyone in an adjoining cubicle."
Meetings to plan reopening have been rescheduled, and further information is forthcoming, Pietsch said.