Apple Stores Will Continue to Require Masks for Now

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear their masks outdoors or in most indoor settings, paving the way for many companies to relax their mask rules.

apple store palo alto
Following the recommendation change, several stores announced that they would no longer require vaccinated customers to wear masks inside, including Walmart, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and Costco, but for the time being, Apple retail stores will continue to ask customers to wear masks.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has told its U.S. retail store locations that the mask mandate and other COVID-19 procedures will remain in place for the time being, though it is evaluating health and safety measures. Apple said that its priority is employee and customer safety, and did not provide employees with a timeline for when its guidelines might shift.

The CDC's mask guidelines do not overrule mandates put in place by states, and while some states have changed their rules to match the CDC's recommendations, others have not. States like Michigan, Connecticut, North Carolina, Minnesota, and others have updated their mask wearing guidance and will no longer require masks in most settings, but other states like Hawaii and Massachusetts have opted to keep restrictions in place. California, where Apple's main corporate campuses are located, has not yet announced any mask changes.

Mask rules are likely to continue to change as states and retailers adjust to the CDC's new recommendations. Apple has required masks in retail locations since the beginning of the pandemic and has opened and closed stores on a rolling basis since last year based on local conditions.

Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Top Rated Comments

gwangung Avatar
18 weeks ago

No. The vaccination is supposed to protect you from getting the virus. That's the point.
This is absolutely wrong.

It's supposed to protect you from serious effects and hospitalization. Which it absolutely does.

But you can (and it HAS been shown in multiple instances) still pass it along to other people. (Besides, what does 95% efficacy mean to you, anyway?)
Score: 56 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sdz Avatar
18 weeks ago

Well it's quite obvious: what the hell was the point of getting vaccinated if we still have to wear masks? And thankfully the CDC recognized this. It was really undermining the vaccine. If you’re uncomfortable going into public places without a mask then wear a mask. Or two.
Vaccination protects you from having complications but you could be still infectious.
Score: 55 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
18 weeks ago
Well it's quite obvious: what the hell was the point of getting vaccinated if we still have to wear masks? And thankfully the CDC recognized this. It was really undermining the vaccine. If you’re uncomfortable going into public places without a mask then wear a mask. Or two.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icerabbit Avatar
18 weeks ago
Good.
I am happy for all stores to continue to mandate masks ’till the end of the year.
Even though I am fully vaccinated, I have no isue wearing a mask around other people for another year or two. It is the nice and polite thing to do.

We are nowhere near herd immunity with only 1/3 fully vaccinated in the US and with 1/3 refusing to get vaccinated … plus half the people refuse to get their kids vaccinated … meaning we will never get to that critical 80% protected.

We have already had anti-maskers for a whole year. Now it will only get worse.

A segment of the population routinely lies about having a medical excemption, their animal being a service animal, them having a disability, etc … so being vaccinated will be the next automatic lie from the anti-maskers and anti-vaxers.

And remember, the vaccine only prevents you from severe illness. You can still get covid, you can still get sick, you can still get a bad reaction as you’re getting over it, but you should not be that bad that you get into the hospital. Now they’re starting to walk back on the part about spreading after vaccination, but I have not seen the studies or data on that …

Anyhow. Be smart. Be safe. Mask up around strangers.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sdz Avatar
18 weeks ago
Reasonable decision.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BigMcGuire Avatar
18 weeks ago
This upcoming Thursday I'll be fully vaccinated (will be 2 weeks after my second shot). Never really found mask wearing to be that difficult, especially if it had the chance of saving lives and not spreading Covid. What I did find interesting was the attention it brought - mostly of people laughing and being mad at me for wearing a mask. Even had a police officer (last year) "look at that idiot trying to exercise with a mask" (he said it loud enough to know I heard). lol Whatever.

Was surprised how quickly some of these companies did away with the policy after the CDC announcement - I wonder how the proof of vaccination will be provided? The slightly thicker than printer paper cardstock vaccine record card isn't going to last long. I'm told that some places refuse to laminate it for fear of destroying it. Well, is a photo of my vaccine card good enough?

Going to be interesting. I'm very happy with how Apple has treated its employees - got to talk to a few when they opened back up - employees were all paid, many took the time to take college classes, get certifications, etc (from what I was told).
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

apple lille france

All 20 Apple Stores in France to Close Again Under Third Lockdown

Friday April 2, 2021 3:31 am PDT by
Apple is once again closing all of its retail locations in France due to the ongoing health crisis, the first time since last year where all 20 locations have been closed, MacGeneration reports. France currently remains on heightened alert due to the pandemic, with some regions under stricter lockdowns than others. The majority of Apple Stores in the country have remained closed, while...
apple maps ratings system ios 14

Apple Maps Native Ratings System Coming to US Places of Interest, Perhaps as Early as Next Week

Thursday April 22, 2021 3:43 am PDT by
With the release of iOS 14 and macOS 11, Apple introduced a new way for users to review places of interest and upload photos to Apple Maps that doesn't rely on third party integrations like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Users who tap a marker for a place on the map that they have physically visited are offered the ability to recommend a place using a thumbs up/thumbs down rating that can also...
tile amazon sidewalk integration

Apple Says Tile Trackers Sold Poorly in Apple Stores

Friday May 14, 2021 4:53 am PDT by
Earlier last month, Spotify, Tile, and Match (owner of Tinder), testified at an app store antitrust hearing spearheaded by the U.S. Senate. During the hearing, Spotify called Apple's App Store "an abusive power grab," while Tile said Apple uses its platform to "unfairly limit competition for its products." Now, in response to their testimonies, Apple's vice president and chief compliance...
Exposure Notifications W People and Text

Apple Blocks Update to UK NHS Contact Tracing App for Breaking Location Data Collection Rules

Monday April 12, 2021 4:32 am PDT by
Apple and Google have blocked an update to England and Wales' contact tracing app that included a feature that would have collected user location data, breaking the companies' terms and conditions for contact tracing apps, the BBC reports. Last year, Apple and Google partnered up to announce a COVID-19 contact tracing API that allows apps to track whether someone has been in contact with an...
apple developer app feature

Apple Again Extends Deadline Requiring Apps Offering Virtual Group Events to Use In-App Purchases

Thursday April 22, 2021 11:11 am PDT by
Last fall, Apple changed its App Store rules around in-app purchases for realtime experiences, and the guidelines technically require apps that offer virtual events to more than a single person to use in-app purchases. Apple is not yet enforcing that rule, however, and has once again extended the timeline of when in-app purchases will need to be implemented. Apple has set the new deadline...
Unlock With Apple Watch Feature

Apple Explains How Unlocking iPhone With Apple Watch Works

Tuesday April 27, 2021 1:06 pm PDT by
With the launch of iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4, Apple introduced a feature that's designed to allow people wearing masks to unlock their iPhones with a paired and authenticated Apple Watch, alleviating the need to continually enter a passcode. Apple has published a support document outlining how the feature works and the requirements that enable it to function. Apple says that the Apple Watch...
apple park drone june 2018 2

Apple Launches Employee Program for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Friday April 23, 2021 11:24 am PDT by
Apple is launching a program that will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to its employees at Apple offices, reports Bloomberg. Apple is teaming up with Walgreens Boots Alliance to provide the shots, and employees will be able to sign up on a website that Apple will soon roll out. Apple in March promised time off for employees who need to recover from getting vaccinated, but at the time said that ...
app store blue banner russia

Apple Fined $12 Million in Russia for Violating Anti-Monopoly Rules With App Store

Tuesday April 27, 2021 10:40 am PDT by
Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has levied a $12 million fine against Apple for alleged abuse of its dominance in the mobile applications market, reports Reuters. According to the FAS, Apple's distribution of apps through iOS gives its products a competitive advantage. Apple has been charged 906.3 million roubles, equivalent to $12.1 million. The fine stems from an August...
iphone12 lineup wide

Foxconn's iPhone 12 Output in India Hit By Local Lockdowns

Tuesday May 11, 2021 3:23 am PDT by
iPhone 12 production at a Foxconn factory in India has been cut by more than 50% amid a lockdown, and multiple reported cases of COVID-19 infections for workers at the plant, according to a new report from Reuters. The main factory located in Tamil Nadu, a state under extreme lockdown measures, has been forced to significantly cut back on production. According to sources who spoke to Reuters,...
apple store macarthur center

Apple Store at MacArthur Center in Virginia Permanently Closing Following Years of Safety Issues at Shopping Mall

Thursday February 25, 2021 4:45 pm PST by
Apple today indicated that its retail store at the MacArthur Center shopping mall in Norfolk, Virginia will be permanently closing after over 14 years of business, although an exact closure date has yet to be announced by the company. Apple has assured that it will be offering all employees at the store other positions within Apple, and said that it looks forward to continuing to serve...