What you need to know
- Mask requirements are coming back to some Apple Stores.
- The company is encouraging all store employees to once again wear masks.
- The rollbacks are due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
As the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the world, Apple appears to be rolling back its strategy for some Apple Stores.
As reported by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the company is once again requiring employees at some retail locations to wear masks. While the policy is still optional at other stores that are located in areas without a particularly high spread of the new COVID-19 variant, Apple is strongly encouraging all employees to wear masks.
Apple is now strongly urging retail store employees to wear masks again and is once again requiring it in some regions. Apple had dropped mask requirement for store employees in June. https://t.co/AfixiW5PIyApple is now strongly urging retail store employees to wear masks again and is once again requiring it in some regions. Apple had dropped mask requirement for store employees in June. https://t.co/AfixiW5PIy— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) July 20, 2021July 20, 2021
This is the second move that Apple has made recently in response to the Delta variant. Earlier today, the company announced that it is delaying its return to the office by at least a month.
Apple had originally planned to bring employees back to offices for three days a week in September as part of their new hybrid work policy. The new policy has received criticism from a lot of employees at the company who wish to remain remote.
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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.