In New York City, once the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, leading corporations in banking, the arts and other industries are starting an experiment with potential life-or-death consequences: bringing employees back to the office.

Encouraged by the falling number of infections around the city, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase have started summoning workers back to the Wall Street firms’ physical locations. The auction house Sotheby’s and The Museum of Modern Art have also asked their employees to return.

Companies’ interest in resuming business as usual may be understandable, but it alarms some experts.

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