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Apple Stores Drop Mask Mandates, Plan Return of In-Store Classes

  • New York retail stores drop mandate for vaccinated shoppers
  • Classes set to return ahead of new iPhone, iPad, Mac launches
Shoppers at an Apple store at the Easton Towne Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Shoppers at an Apple store at the Easton Towne Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. has dropped its mask requirement at most retail stores across the U.S., following reduced Covid-19 cases and changes in local mandates. The iPhone maker also is ramping up for the return of in-store classes.

The company announced the changes this week to employees at eligible stores and has updated its website to reflect which locations are no longer requiring masks. Apple, however, will continue to recommend that customers wear masks and will provide them upon request. Apple retail workers will still be required to wear masks, employees say.