Apple retail employees in about 100 stores will need to come back to wear a mask while at work, according to BloombergMark Gorman. Apple is authorizing masks to employees again due to the growing number of COVID cases across the United States.


Customers visiting an Apple Store are not required to wear a mask at this time, but Apple continues to recommend masks to all Apple Store visitors.

Apple is changing its operating policies throughout the pandemic to align with local regulations and to mitigate risks to employees and customers in areas where COVID is spreading. Apple stopped ordering masks in March when COVID levels were lower, and masks are still not required for employees at all locations.

In addition to requiring masks for retail employees at some locations, Apple today told company employees that they must return to wearing masks when they are in common areas. Apple is also keeping the two-day office workweek for corporate employees for now, and will delay going into the three-day workweek.

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