Mark Zuckerberg announced today that all physical Facebook events with a gathering of more than 50 people have been cancelled through June 2021. In addition, he also enforced a “no business travel” policy until the end of June 2020 and encouraged the majority of Facebook employees to work from home through summer. The decision was made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook already cancelled this year’s F8 Developer’s conference in February, when COVID-19 cases were fewer. Zuckerberg’s new announcement only means that the Oculus Connect, which was scheduled in September, and the F8 Conference 2021 are also cancelled. However, it’s not a complete loss – the Facebook CEO assured that the company’s scheduled events will be made available in digital format.
“Even beyond this next period, guidance from health experts is that it won’t be advisable to have large groups of people get together for a while. Given this, we’re canceling any large physical events we had planned with 50 or more people through June 2021. Some of these we will hold as virtual events instead and we’ll share more details on that soon,” Zukerberg said in a Facebook post.
He added that he hoped the measures Facebook is taking will help contain the spread of COVID-19.