After rolling back the mandate only recently, Apple has once again, reinforced its mask mandate for customers across all US stores, now that the holidays are here.
In an email to popular tech website ‘The Verge’, the Cupertino company said that “amid rising cases in many communities, we now require that all customers join our team members in wearing masks while visiting our stores.”
While employees have been required to wear masks throughout most of the pandemic, customers haven’t always had to, which has led to outbreaks at some Apple stores. Apple is reinstating these requirements as the number of COVID infections in the US is again on the rise, even as booster shots start to become widely available.
This change also came after a widespread outbreak was reported at an Apple store in Southlake, Texas, earlier this month, where 22 employees at the location tested positive for COVID following Black Friday, where some staff reported that customers were packed into the store “shoulder to shoulder.”
In addition to the mask mandate, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also reported that some locations will have occupancy limits.