Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will cancel any large and in-person event with more than 50 people through June 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s F8 conference which was supposed to be held on May May 5 and 6, was cancelled back in February. Now, with this new announcement it mean F8 will not happen next year as well. Other major events like Oculus Connect and GDC 2020, which Facebook said it would not attend, have been cancelled as well.

We’re slowing our plans to return to the office in order to prioritize helping the rest of our community and local economy to get back up and running first,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

He continued saying that when groups of employees do return back to Facebook offices, they will do so in staggered waves to keep people safe and minimize the risk of future outbreaks. The social media platform is also making a  “vast majority” of employees to work from home until at least the end of May and is extending its policy of no business travel through at least the end of June this year.

“Most Facebook employees are fortunate to be able to work productively from home, so we feel a responsibility to allow people who don’t have this flexibility to access shared public resources first.I hope this helps contain the spread of Covid-19 so we can keep our communities safe and get back up and running again soon,” he concludes.

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Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, April 16, 2020