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Goldman Sachs to lift COVID protocols - memo

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FILE PHOTO: The Goldman Sachs Headquarters building is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Goldman Sachs Group Inc will lift pandemic-era protocols at its offices effective Sept. 6, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

The Wall Street investment bank had already called its employees back to the office full time in June last year, although it relaxed those requirements during periods when coronavirus cases surged, sources familiar with the matter said.

The new guidelines will allow employees to enter the company's Americas offices regardless of vaccination status, except in New York City and Lima.

"In line with these updated protocols, if you have not been coming in to the office, please speak with your manager to ensure that you understand and adhere to your division’s current return to office expectations," the memo said.

New York City still requires office workers to show proof of vaccination.

Wall Street's biggest financial firms have been among the most proactive in bringing employees back to the office even as those plans were derailed by the outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus earlier this year.

Goldman employees working from the office will no longer be required to wear masks and undergo regular COVID-19 tests, according to the memo.

Morgan Stanley had informed its New York metropolitan staff in a memo last week it will discontinue all COVID testing and monitoring requirements from Sept. 5.

But it also said staff who test positive for COVID should continue to isolate for at least five days and then wear a mask for five more days.

(Reporting by Manya Saini in Bengaluru, and Saeed Azhar and Lananh Nguyen in New York; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta, Richard Pullin and Josie Kao)