Apple removes mask mandate from most US stores

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Most Apple Stores in the United States will no longer require customers to wear masks. The tech giant has dropped its mask mandate and is also preparing for the return of in-person classes to its stores, according to Bloomberg. Apple reportedly informed employees of changes to its mask requirements this week, and it also updated its website to note each store’s rules.

There are a handful of places that still require masks, especially those in areas where stricter guidelines remain in place. Apple, however, changed the rules for stores in places that had already dropped their mask mandates, including Kansas, North Carolina and Ohio. Most New York locations no longer require customers to wear masks, as long as they have been fully vaccinated. Still, Apple recommends wearing masks and will provide them to customers who request them. Store staff members will also continue to wear them.

As for Apple’s in-store courses for those who want guidance on using its products from company employees, Bloomberg says some stores will start carrying them again within the week. However, most stores are preparing to resume classes in March.

Apple first lifted its mask requirements in the United States in November 2021, but reinstated them in December following a resurgence in COVID-19 cases across the country. Based on data from Johns Hopkins, the United States is now reporting fewer than 100,000 cases per day, down from a record 1.36 million cases in a single day in January. Several states have started lifting their mask requirements, and changes in Apple’s rules simply reflect changing local regulations.

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