Apple, in a bid to restore normalcy to its operations, has suspended the requirement for employees to return to office at least three days a week this month due to a resurgence of the Covid-19 case.

The change was welcome news for thousands of employees who backed down from the company’s claim that they would start coming to office three days a week in late May. Earlier this month, the group, which calls itself “Apple Together,” released a letter urging executives to allow a hybrid and flexible work schedule, saying they could collaborate remotely using online tools like Slack and Can save travel time. .

Ian Goodfellow, one of Apple’s chief artificial intelligence engineers, resigned in early May over an office return policy. Mr. Goodfellow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple said in a note to employees on Tuesday that it would go ahead with a pilot program to bring some employees back to the office twice a week in the coming weeks. It said the program would give anyone who feels “uncomfortable coming to the office” the option to work from a distance.

The agency further said that employees arrive on campus wearing masks in their common area and elevator. It said it would continue to monitor the Covid case and update staff at least two weeks before future changes to office policy.

The epidemic struck less than a year after Apple inaugurated its new, $ 5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, a splash-shaped building resembling a spaceship. It has been in a state of disrepair for the last two years.