Apple said on Tuesday that all customers and staff at US retail stores will need to wear masks due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. According to Bloomberg News, Apple dropped its screen demand for customers in more than 100 of its 270 business locations across the United States last month as coronavirus cases decreased. We will be replacing our health measures in stores to promote the safety of customers and staff on a regular basis, ”the company said on Tuesday.
The return of the masks is not the only change Apple is making, as it will also begin to reduce store closures in “multiple locations.” At the height of the pandemic, Apple changed the design of some stores to allow the collection and drop of products, and allowed a limited number of customers to enter stores at one time.
The decision was made in the face of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which has led to an influx of parasites in the US and other countries.
This is not the first time Apple has behaved and then reinstated its screen rules for stores. In July, it plans to restore screen orders within the Delta variant creation.
According to a report by Bloomberg correspondent Mark Gurman, Apple decided to reintroduce the mask order a few days after the new Omicron variant began to raise concerns over the new promotion of COVID-19 cases in the US. The report states:
This report also comes days after Apple had to closes an Apple Store in Texas due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
As of November, the company does not require customers and staff to wear a mask in more than 100 stores in the United States. At the time, Bloomberg reported that the mask policy had been announced internally to retail workers, and that it was based on a reduction in COVID-19 case numbers and increased immunization numbers.
Earlier, during the Summer, Apple had also made screen requests at most of its retail stores in the United States. At the time, Apple said it was following the CDC’s new recommendations “and analyzing health and safety data for your local area, we are updating our guide on the screens for your store.”
Currently, Omicron accounts for 3% of US COVID-19 cases. Apple said in a statement that it “actively monitors and manages store accommodation” which “will allow it to interact with customers and colleagues at a more comfortable distance.”