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Apple will require customers and staff of most of its more than 270 US retail stores to wear masks even if vaccinated, restoring a requirement that had been removed as of June. The change takes effect today, Thursday 29 July.
Apple is asking to go back to wearing face masks in its US stores
“After carefully reviewing the latest CDC recommendations and analyzing the health and safety data for your area, we are updating our mask guidelines for your store.” So Apple wrote to workers in a note obtained da Bloomberg. “Starting from July 29, In-store masks will be required for customers and team members, even if they are vaccinated“. Apple has asked to wear face masks even inside the company’s office buildings, as Bloomberg always reports.
The move comes as COVID-19 cases are increasing in many parts of the country. As well as following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advising people vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear face masks indoors if “if you are in a substantial or high transmission area.” The recommendations were issued on Tuesday.
Also Google he stepped up precautions Wednesday, again following CDC recommendations. In fact, he claimed to require employees to be vaccinated before they return to the office. This will then delay the full return to offices until October 18th instead of September.
Even Apple itself he postponed the obligation to go to the office until October due to the daily increase in infections in the United States. This despite the fact that the company has repeatedly pointed out how hostile it is to remote work. In fact, Apple’s decision to send employees back to offices was the protagonist of various protests by workers. Many of these would send a letter to CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple’s leadership, arguing that the company should embrace a more flexible work-from-home policy.