When will Dallas return to the office? Here's what 15 local companies say

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By   –  Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal

One year has passed since a shelter-in-place order was issued in Dallas County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, Dallas has gone remote and most companies have still not returned to the office. In the meantime, companies are having discussions about what the future of the workplace will be in a post-pandemic world and how the physical office could change because of COVID-19. There has so far been no universal answer to the following questions, and each company is approaching these topics differently.

To gain further insight on what companies are doing locally, the Business Journal asked CEOs and top executives of North Texas companies when they plan to return fully to the office and what their future office space needs could be moving forward. The following responses are edited for brevity and clarity.

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"We knew it was critical that all Vista Bank lobbies remain open "by appointment only" throughout the pandemic to ensure our clients knew how to get in touch with us when they needed us most. Through appointments, access to banker’s cell phone numbers, an all-new digital platform, and rolling out curbside banking, we were able to deliver the personal banking experience that our clients expect.

Fortunately, by rotating team members and maintaining CDC recommended measures, we never had to close a branch. While lobbies reopened off and on throughout 2020 as COVID numbers waned in various communities we serve, we were happy to officially open all lobbies, fully staffed, in parallel with Governor Abbott’s order this March. That’s proven to be the right call, and we remain optimistic that the best is yet to come."

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