Apple brings back masks mandate to stores
Apple has said all Apple Store customers should wear a mask and follow social distancing rules in light of trends in COVID-19 cases in the United States.
In November, the Cupertino-based company removed its mask-wearing policy for Apple Store customers in the United States due to the drop in COVID-19. However, the trend is on the rise again and there are concerns about the spread of the new Omicron variant among the population.
Apple Stores that have not abandoned their mask mandate will continue to apply the rule, but those that have reimplemented it will reapply it. In addition, Apple will reinstate the occupancy limit in stores where people will have to wait until it is less crowded. About 100 stores did not require visitors to wear a mask in November.
Apple has continuously adjusted how it operates in Apple Stores and company offices based on the pandemic. Since COVID-19, the Cupertino-based company has allowed remote working for employees, kiosks for picking up Apple products and more.