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This Week's Overview

Companies continue to delay office reopening, particularly in large cities such as New York. Furthermore, designers advocate for the use of path breaking strategies to reduce employee interaction and crossover as offices open. The Miami Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, Florida Blue Foundation and partners put nearly 70,000 units of PPE into the hands of 42 nonprofit organizations. Dozens of nonprofits in Silicon Valley received millions of dollars from the $660 billion federal Paycheck Protection Program. Governor Ralph Northam announced $70 million for nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. Google is extending their reopening plans to keep employees working remotely until July 2021. The decision was made amidst the uncertainty not only of the pandemic itself but also of school reopening plans for the 2020-2021 year. Alphabet CEO hopes this decision makes the next year more flexible for Google employees. 
  2. Over a month after New York City offices could reopen, more than 90% of office workers in Manhattan are still working remotely. Financial companies, such as JPMorgan Chase, have offices open at 20% while tech companies are operating almost entirely on a remote basis. Many companies will revise their reopening plans upon the announcement of school reopening plans.
  3. Governor Ralph Northam announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses. In an effort to accomplish the Northam administration’s objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, half of the program funds will be distributed to eligible small businesses and nonprofits operating in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities.

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