Apple Stores remove face mask requirements as omicron variant recedes

Apple Stores remove face mask requirements as omicron variant recedes

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You’ll soon be able to take a Today at Apple class at an Apple Store. And a face mask won‘t be required.
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Apple reportedly stopped requiring face masks at most of its retail locations. The move comes as the latest COVID-19 surge comes to an end.

In addition, in-person Today at Apple classes will resume soon.

Face masks no longer required at many Apple Stores

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that, “Apple Inc. has dropped its mask requirement at most retail stores across the U.S.” They are still recommended, however. Retail employees at locations where the requirement was removed have been notified of the change.

Shoppers who want to know about mask requirements ahead of time need only check Apple’s website. For example, the webpage for an Apple Store in Atlanta says, “Please note that face masks are recommended while visiting this location.”

In contrast, the webpage for a store in Illinois says, “Please note that face masks are required while visiting this location.”

Apple added and later removed face mask requirements multiple times over the multiyear course of the pandemic. Most recently, the requirement was dropped for many locations in November after the delta variant ran its course, but then went back into place in December when omicron took off. And with the spike in cases from that variant almost complete, Apple is following its previous practice and reducing restrictions.

Today at Apple training sessions coming back soon

In-person Today at Apple classes are also going to resume. Apple put them on hiatus during the recent coronavirus surge.

Today at Apple offers free educational classes teaching customers how to create with various Apple products and programs.They include subjects like iPhone photography, drawing on the iPad or music production with GarageBand.

With omicron mostly behind us, checks of the Atlanta and Chicago areas found that sessions on a variety of topics are scheduled to start Monday, March 7. It’s likely the same is true for Apple Stores across the United States.