What you need to know
- Some Apple Stores in the United States are rolling back their mask requirement.
- Customers at select stores will no longer be required to wear a mask.
- Employees, however, will still need to wear a mask at all stores.
Apple Stores in the United States are about to drop their mandatory mask mandate.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is removing the mask mandate for customers at a number of its retail locations in the United States as COVID-19 cases fall and vaccinations increase.
The internal memo said that Apple's Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) team determined that the current trends allow for the change in the stores where it will be occurring. While customers will no longer be required to wear masks, employees will still need to.
Apple has been slowly attempting to return to some sense of pre-pandemic normalcy for a while now. The company has moved forward and backward as far as health guidance in its stores and offices for months.
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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.