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You Don’t Have to Wear a Mask in U.S. Apple Stores, Starting This Week



According to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurmy, starting this week, many U.S. Apple Stores will not require you to wear a mask.

Apple has reportedly already notified corporate and retail employees.

The technology giant has begun informing retail employees of the impending change in impacted markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified discussing policy changes that haven’t been announced. The change will go into effect as early as Tuesday, and employees have been told that they won’t be required to ask customers for verification of vaccination.

– Mark Gurman via Bloomberg

As noted, this change will be for customers mainly and will go into effect as early as this Tuesday, June 15th. Retail employees are still being asked to mask up.

Along with the retail stores, Apple will also drop some of the restrictions at corporate offices in Cupertino, too — sending out this employee memo:

“Given the progress being made in response to Covid-19 in the U.S., we wanted to let you know that a number of sites are now moving to the next phase of resumption and will begin to operate under Phase 3 onsite protocol,” according to the memo. “In Phase 3, where allowed, Apple protocols are being updated to permit optional masking for vaccinated individuals. Physical distancing requirements are also being relaxed in this phase.”

Apple, via memo

All in all, this is great f*ckin news. Doesn’t mean the pandemic is totally over, but it is a good return to normalcy for the first time in Apple Stores in about a year.

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