Uber and Facebook going back to the office but with some changes

Returning to the office will be a slow process. Uber plans to open their Mission Bay offices at 20% capacity. Facebook will open on May 10 at 10% capacity.

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DAN ASHLEY: The Bay Area's post COVID office reopenings are finally getting underway. Today, two big tech giants, Facebook and Uber, laid out their plans to reopen their offices. Good evening, thank you for joining us. I'm Dan Ashley. That's possible because several Bay Area counties are now in the orange tier. As ABC 7 News reporter Luz Pena explains, employees can expect some big changes if and when they return.

LUZ PENA: After a year of remote work, Uber and Facebook are saying it's time to go back to the office if you want to.

PHIL MATIER: The message they're sending is that the doors are open, and that it's your choice.

LUZ PENA: Workers' temperatures will be screened on a daily basis before coming into the office, and some amenities won't be provided, like lunch and transportation.

PHIL MATIER: For example, the Google buses that used to run up and down the Peninsula, all right, how many people are going to want to get on them? What's the distancing going to be? Can they operate them now? Is it efficient? As far as, like, the free food, how are people going to feel about a cafeteria style meal?

LUZ PENA: And this will be a slow reopening process. Facebook will open on May 10 at 10% capacity at their Menlo Park offices. Then, we have Uber, they'll open at 20% capacity on Monday their Mission Bay offices. Both companies will still have employees working from home.

Uber is located in San Francisco's Thrive City. Just a couple of feet away are several businesses. Dumpling Time is the only one open in this gathering area.

RAMLAAH LEBANG: For us, no, we want them back, definitely.

LUZ PENA: Lebang says they're gearing up for Monday. Seeing Uber open up gives him hope that the survival mode of the pandemic is almost over.

RAMLAAH LEBANG: I'm definitely going to bump up my staff a little bit, add a few more people. I mean, we're ready. We've been ready. We're excited. So it's going to be nice to have just a little more buzz in the area.

LUZ PENA: To understand the financial impact of this pandemic, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is recording this data.

RODNEY FONG: Tracking of foot traffic, businesses opening and closing, various information that will help us determine if we're recovering in the right way. Obviously, certain sectors are going to improve faster than others. Tourism, for example, might be a little bit slower.

LUZ PENA: They still don't have a final count of how many businesses closed permanently because of the pandemic. But Fong says seeing Uber reopen is sending a message to other companies that it's time to come back. In San Francisco, Luz Pena, ABC 7 News.