“JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) instructed unvaccinated staff in Manhattan to work from home starting Tuesday, a further sign that banks and other financial firms are tightening protocols as COVID-19 infections rise and the Omicron variant spreads,” according to Reuters.

“Most other banks already required staff to be vaccinated to enter their facilities. Bank of America (BAC.N) has around 60% to 70% of staff back in the office, Chief Executive Brian Moynihan said in an interview with CNBC Tuesday.”

Also, according to the Wall Street Journal,  a small but rising number of companies have modified or delayed plans as uncertainties swirl over the severity of the variant and its resistance to vaccines. That list includes Lyft Inc., Ford Motor Co. , Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, though not all point to the new variant as the reason.

“The state of Covid-19 virus remains fluid,” said Ford in pushing the implementation of its return-to-office plan from January to March.