The New Yorker and Meredith, the nation’s biggest magazine publisher, are among the latest print outfits in Manhattan to tell employees to work from home in the face of the worsening coronavirus crisis.
The New Yorker’s parent company, Condé Nast, this week made working from home optional for its employees at One World Trade Center.
But the weekly’s editor-in-chief, David Remnick, had apparently urged people to stay at home for the rest of the month.
“The New Yorker Magazine just sent out a directive: work from home until March 31,” tweeted Jane Mayer. “My dog, aka research assistant, is all in.”
The World Health Organization officially classified coronavirus as a pandemic Wednesday.
Meredith — which owns People, InStyle and Better Homes & Gardens — is telling employees in its New York, Chicago and Stamford, Conn., offices to work from home, although the offices will technically remain open.
So far, Meredith has not directed employees at its Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters to stay home. It had already ordered 140 employees in its Seattle office, where it produces All Recipes, to work from home.
Business Insider already had a big percentage of its employees working from home, but starting Thursday it will be mandatory, the website said.
Hearst, the publisher of Cosmopolitan, O, the Oprah Magazine, previously told its employees that working from home was optional for employees in the Hearst Tower.
Gov. Cuomo said in an interview with CNBC that he was going to request that all employers allow their employees to telecommute.
So far, at least 46 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in New York City. The US count has surpassed 1,000 people with coronavirus and at least 31 have died.
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