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Most Apple Stores to Require Masks Again for Shoppers, Staff

  • Company to make change Thursday in areas with rising cases
  • Company asks, but doesn’t require, retail staff to get vaccine
Customers try out the iMac computer at an Apple store in Palo Alto, California.

Customers try out the iMac computer at an Apple store in Palo Alto, California.

Photographer: Nina Riggio/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. plans to restore a mask requirement at most of its U.S. retail stores on Thursday for both customers and staff, even those who are vaccinated, in response to a resurgence in Covid cases.

The company informed retail staff of the move Wednesday in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. Apple already started requiring masks for employees at select stores earlier this month, and it pushed back a return-to-office deadline for corporate employees. It also began requiring masks for customers in a few counties based on local guidelines.