Popular American technology giant- Apple Inc. has announced that it will allow vaccinated customers to soon enter stores without masks. Under the coronavirus policies being followed in the US, Apple has enforced strict rules to reduce the spread of infection, necessitating the use of masks by both store employees and visitors.
As per the new policy by Apple, customers will be permitted to enter the store without any face coverings. Although, employees have been instructed to not ask for any verification of vaccination, potentially allowing anyone to step inside the store irrespective of their vaccine status.
In May 2021, Apple decided to continue with its coronavirus-led protocols which included requiring visitors to wear face masks, health screening, limiting the no. of customers inside a store at a time, social distancing rules, and sanitization. However, at this point, many big retailers in the U.S. were doing away with the face mask requirement.
While customers will be allowed to shop without the mask, the store staff is required to wear face coverings at all times. Certain Apple offices in the U.S. will also be relaxing mask regulations as well.
An official statement issued to Apple employees mentioned that with the rapid fall in coronavirus cases in the U.S., the company is moving towards operating under the Phase 3 onsite regulations as extended by authorities. Under the Phase 3 protocols, Apple will allow optional masking for vaccinated people along with relaxation in physical distancing needs.
Sources close to the news reveal that Tim Cook, CEO, Apple wrote to corporate employees to resume work from offices for three days a week from November’21.
It is worth mentioning that, many retailers such as Starbucks Corporation, Costco Wholesale Corp., Walmart Inc., and Trader Joe’s have also relaxed regulations pertaining to masks across their stores in the U.S.