CNN closes offices to non-essential employees as COVID-19 surges

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Washington: CNN is sending all of its non-essential employees to work from home amid a spike in coronavirus cases, network president Jeff Zucker said in a memo.

“Given the recent and sudden increase in Covid cases across the country and within our teams at CNN, Turner Sports and WarnerMedia Studios, effective tonight we are CLOSING our offices to all employees who have not you don’t have to be in the office to do their jobs,” said Saturday’s memo, quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

Zucker said CNN made the decision to minimize office staffing out of “an excess of caution.”

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For those still working in the office, face masks will be required at all times except for eating and drinking, or being alone in a room, the CNN president clarified.

Until now, CNN employees were allowed to work from the office on a voluntary basis, but you must be vaccinated to do so, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. Three unvaccinated CNN employees were fired earlier this year after coming to work.

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