Google has decided to extend work from home for most of its employees until July 2021 as the world continues to fight coronavirus pandemic. “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Google chief executive Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to the employees.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, nearly 200,000 Google employees and contractors across the world would see an extension of the work from home which was earlier scheduled to end in January 2021.

This decision by Google could see other tech firms and large employers to follow the suit. In a similar effort, other tech giants could also extend the option amid growing fears about the risks of returning to the workplace. Several tech firms have already said that they expect to gradually reopen their offices in the coming months amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Twitter said that it would allow all employees to continue working remotely for an indefinite period.