Apple abandons mask-wear requirement in most US stores

Deepak Gupta February 23, 2022
Updated 2022/02/23 at 11:56 AM

Most Apple Stores in the US will no longer require customers to wear masks. The tech giant has abandoned its mask mandate and is also gearing up for the return of in-person classes at its stores, according to Bloomberg. Apple informed employees about changes to its mask requirements this week and also updated your site observe the rules of each store.

There are some locations that still require masks, particularly those in areas where stricter guidelines remain in place. Apple changed the rules for stores in locations that had already lifted their mask mandates, including Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio. Most New York locations no longer require customers to wear masks as long as they are fully vaccinated. Even so, Apple recommends wearing masks and will provide them to customers who request it. Store employees will also continue to use them.

As for Apple’s in-store classes for those who want to receive tips on how to use their products from the company’s employees, Bloomberg says some stores will start offering them again within a week. However, most stores are gearing up to resume classes in March.

Apple first lifted its mask requirements in the US in November 2021, but reinstated it in December following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the country. Based on Johns Hopkins data, the US is now reporting less than 100,000 cases a day, down from a record 1.36 million cases in a single day in January. Several states have started to lift their mask requirements, and Apple’s rule changes only reflect the change in local regulations.

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