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Apple is reinstating its mask mandate for retail employees at about 100 brick-and-mortar locations throughout the U.S. in response to a national rise in cases.
Although retail staff members at those locations will be required to mask up, customers will not. However, Apple is still recommending customers wear a mask.
News of the employee mask mandate comes after Apple partially postponed a return to office place for its corporate workers. The company on Tuesday told staffers they could work in-office twice a week instead of three.
Apple is also reinstating its mask mandate at about 100 US retail stores today — for employees. https://t.co/2Y3SYHDHfz— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 17, 2022
In addition, Apple employees will be required to wear face masks in common areas throughout the company's corporate facilities.
The U.S. is seeing a steady rise in Covid-19 cases, driven by more infectious subvariants of the Omicron variant like BA.2, BA.2.12, and BA.2.12.1. According to the New York Times, the U.S. is seeing 90,423 cases a day, up 60% from two weeks prior.