Apple intensifies COVID-19 protocols for WWDC 2022 attendees

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What you need to know

  • Apple is tightening its COVID-19 protocols for in-person WWDC 2022 attendees.
  • Attendees now need a negative COVID-19 test a day before the keynote.
  • They must also wear an N95 mask while indoors.

Apple is tightening its COVID-19 protocols for those who are traveling to Apple Park to attend WWDC 2022 in person.

Spotted by MacRumors, the company has sent in-person attendees updated guidance about its safety procedures regarding COVID-19. According to the new requirements, attendees will need a negative FDA-approved COVID-19 antigen test the day before the keynote. Apple is now also requiring attendees to wear an N95 mask when they are indoors at Apple Park.

The new requirements are heightened from Apple's previous plan, which only required a negative COVID-19 test within three days of the event and made masks optional.

In order to help ensure the health of everyone at Apple Park, attendees must follow Apple's health and safety protocols, which also take into account the latest requirements and guidance from public health authorities regarding COVID-19. This includes providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days before the event. Masks are currently optional. We'll provide details on the latest requirements to attendees prior to the event.

Apple is certainly increasing its COVID-19 protocols in response to rising cases across the United States. The company has also reinstated its mask requirement for employees at its retail locations. Customers, however, are not currently required to wear a mask when visiting an Apple Store.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.