Riot Makes Changes To COVID-19 Policies Ahead Of Return-To-Work Order

According to a recent report from Vice, Riot Games will be eliminating the company’s vaccine and mask requirements ahead of the organization’s recently imposed return-to-work order. Moreover, the report said that Riot will no longer require regular COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.

“Early on in the pandemic, we committed to following the public health recommendations from state and local government entities. Recently, state and local regulations have updated their COVID-19 recommendations, including vaccination and mask mandate requirements, so Riot followed their lead,” a Riot Games spokesperson told Waypoint in a statement. “In accordance with LA County health orders, Riot strongly encourages but does not require, all individuals to wear a face-covering while on Riot’s property. That said, we know that some Rioters will feel more comfortable wearing masks, and we want our campus to be a place where people feel safe to take whatever precautions best fit their needs. We are encouraging Rioters to have open communication and to be empathetic and accommodating toward those colleagues who prefer masking up.”

Even though Riot is enacting these policy changes, the company is still acting under both state and federal COVID-19 guidelines. This comes just days before the CDC announced that it had dropped its “Do Not Travel” recommendations for 90 international destinations including the UK, France, Japan, South Korea, and more.

(All information was provided by Reuters, The Verge, and Vice)

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