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Canadian employees, who had been asked to work remotely in December as infections resurged, will return to office on a hybrid basis.CHRIS HELGREN/Reuters

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the country’s fifth largest lender, said on Tuesday it plans to bring its local staff back to office starting March 21 as Omicron-related infections ebb.

The Canadian employees, who had been asked to work remotely in December as infections resurged, would return to office on a hybrid basis, Sandy Sharman, group head of people, culture and brand at CIBC, said in a memo seen by Reuters.

Meanwhile, the bank’s U.S.-based staff started to return on a voluntary basis on Jan. 28.

As the number of coronavirus cases sparked by the Omicron-variant subsides, Canadian provinces have begun relaxing restrictions on public gatherings.

About 7,000 new infections, nearly 17% of the peak reported in early January, are reported on average each day in Canada, according to data compiled by Reuters.

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