Face masks go back on at Apple Stores across U.S.

Face masks go back on at Apple Stores across U.S.

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You’ll once again be required to wear a mack in Apple Stores, no matter who you are.
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A growing number of Covid 19 cases has reportedly forced Apple to reinstate the face mask mandate at all its U.S. retail locations.

The Mac-maker had begun relaxing the mask requirement in the fall when cases were dropping. But Apple has now reversed course because of a surge.

Face masks required at U.S. Apple Stores

The news comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman via Twitter.

“Amid rising cases in many communities, we now require that all customers join our team members in wearing masks while visiting our stores,” Apple said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg.

Face masks will be required for everyone who enters an Apple location, regardless of vaccination status.

The company is also once again limiting the number of customers allowed in a store.

Another Covid-19 surge

Tracking done by The New York Times show that the daily average of Covid-19 cases on December 13 is just over 120,000. That’s a 49% increase over the average from two weeks ago. Deaths are up 40% from two weeks ago.

Face masks were required when Apple stores reopened in 2021 after the worst of the pandemic. But the company started removing the mask mandate that summer. The Delta variant changed that. But again, Apple began lowering the requirement in November after the surge caused by the Delta variant had mostly run its course. But cases began ticking upward shortly thereafter, and the Omicron variant is spreading around the U.S.