Apple Drops Mask Requirements in Many US Stores, Plans to Resume In-Person Classes
Apple has confirmed that it will be dropping its in-store mask requirements in many stores across the US. As many states including Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia have dropped their local mandates, Apple will follow suit. However, Apple Store staff will be required to continue wearing masks.
Apple customers will be able to enter an Apple Store mask free in many states across the US, according to Bloomberg. With the confirmation, it’s said that Apple is also planning to see the return of in-person classes. The situation is handled on a state-by-state basis as COVID-19 cases are slowly reducing.
For instance, customers in Kansas and Georgia will be free to enter without a mask. Apple will continue to recommend customers wear a mask and provide one if requested. However, in Hawaii, where guidelines are stricter, masks must be worn when entering an Apple retail location. New York City locations, on the other hand, will see to it that masks are made optional for fully vaccinated customers. Apple now provides more information on mask requirements when looking at the company’s store locator.
Today at Apple classes will return as early as this week in many locations. Though, for other Apple Stores, the in-person classes will start in March.
Apple has been reactive and adapted its in-store policies many times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it remains to be seen when the latest changes will be reflected in Canadian Apple Stores. The landscape of COVID-19 is far more different across Canada. Mask mandates are far more strict as of now. Though, once that changes, Apple will likely begin phasing out mask requirements here as well.