JPMorgan tells vaccinated employees that no mask is required at work
By Elizabeth Dilts Marshall
NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co told employees on Tuesday that fully vaccinated staff do not have to wear masks in its US-based offices, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.
Employees are invited to enter their vaccination status in an online database organized by the bank. Employees who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a face mask in all public and common areas, private offices and meeting rooms, according to the memo.
The policy change comes a day after the bank began requiring employees to return to work in offices, and it follows similar steps from Walmart Inc, Target and others who have lifted mask-wearing warrants in accordance new guidelines from the US government.
Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outside and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places. .
Employees working in its Chase bank branches or in debt operations will still need to wear masks, the company said, “due to high levels of customer interaction (and) other factors,” according to the memo, which was verified by a spokesperson for the bank. .
Employees may also need to wear masks in some common areas, such as lobbies in buildings where JPMorgan rents its offices. Staff must also continue to practice social distancing and must perform daily health checks at all banking facilities, the company said.
But for fully vaccinated employees, “office life will be a little closer to what it used to be,” the memo reads.
Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan, has been a strong advocate for COVID-19 vaccines and said the bank is looking at whether it can legally require staff to receive the vaccines.
“We firmly believe that the more people who are vaccinated, the more safe we are all from the spread and impact of COVID-19,” the bank said in the unsigned memo.
JPMorgan began Monday asking its employees to return to work in offices in the United States at least a few days a week. The bank’s goal is for almost all employees to return to the office on a rotational basis by July.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Dilts Marshall Editing by Chris Reese)