Twitter, which had just reopened its San Francisco and New York offices last month, said in a statement that it will close those locations and pause other reopenings. (Photo: Jason Doiy/ALM)

Not long ago, businesses were optimistic that employees would begin returning to the office this fall as the pandemic eased. But now, as the new Delta variant surges, many companies are tapping the brakes on those plans.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that some fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they live in locations with high levels of cases. With this announcement, Forbes reported, companies will be forced to make tough decisions: take a wait-and-see approach while continuing with their plans to get people back into an office setting, or putting plans on hold until there is greater clarity about the virus.

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