To: All Gap Inc. HQ and UF employees
From: Sonia Syngal, CEO – Gap Inc.
As we stare down alarming data on the Delta variant and see a surge in infection rates, it’s critical that we all do what we can to promote a safe working and shopping environment. Since the beginning of the year, we have rallied together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We joined the White House’s call to action and sent 3.5 million masks and face coverings to non-profit community organizations, distributed science-based education to all employees, including critical information on life-saving vaccines, offered vaccine-related PTO to employees in multiple countries, and established on-site COVID vaccination clinics at our Customer Experience Centers and our office in India where teams were without ready access to vaccines.
Still, we can and we must do more. The most important thing we can all do to keep ourselves and each other healthy is to get vaccinated. While we recognize that this is a personal decision, there is simply no better way to save countless lives and protect the sustainability of the economy and our business.
Importantly, the ability to safely come together also fuels our culture and enables our Future of Work vision—rooted in intentional connection and ‘Moments that Matter.’ With this in mind, you can expect to see us double down on our vaccine advocacy and we’re sharing some important changes to our COVID-19 vaccine approach, starting with our Bay Area, NY, and Albuquerque Hubs, which we‘ll continue to build on.
I care deeply about this company and each of you—our 100,000 strong employees that make Gap Inc. great. It’s because of that, that I do not want another year to pass thinking we could have done more to save lives and to protect each other, our customers and our communities. Thank you for doing your part.
Bay Area, New York, and Albuquerque Hubs – Vaccination Requirement
Starting September 7, any employee who enters our office buildings must show proof of vaccination. Even if your job does not ordinarily require you to work on-site, if you need to come into the office after Labor Day, you will still need to provide proof of full vaccination before attending mandated meetings or trainings in person unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine—so, to come into the office in early September, we recommend you start the process soon.
To celebrate all U.S. employees who have been fully vaccinated, we will hold a special drawing in January and explore our options globally. In the coming months, we’ll provide more details.
All U.S. Employees – Mask Policy
You have likely heard the CDC’s updated recommendations on masks—and just yesterday, seven Bay Area counties issued an indoor mask mandate for all individuals, vaccinated or not. Per our current mask policy, we will continue to follow local and state mandates for the regions we operate in and enforce mask-wearing within our Bay Area Hubs and stores. In all other locations, only unvaccinated employees will be required to wear masks indoors, except in jurisdictions where masks are required by law.