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Apple to Again Require Masks at U.S. Stores and Limit Crowds

  • Company reinstates safety measures on rising Covid-19 cases
  • Apple also encourages retail employees to get booster shots
An Apple store in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 23.
An Apple store in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 23.Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc., coping with a resurgence in Covid-19 cases and the new omicron variant, is reinstating its mask mandate at U.S. retail locations and will proactively limit store occupancy. 

The technology giant said it’s requiring masks for shoppers -- a rule that had been dropped at about half of its U.S. stores -- to “support the well-being of customers and employees.” “Amid rising cases in many communities, we now require that all customers join our team members in wearing masks while visiting our stores,” the company said in a statement Tuesday.