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.
Apple says it's making the change "out of an abundance of caution".
"After carefully reviewing the latest CDC recommendations, and analyzing the health and safety data for your local area, we are updating our guidance on face masks for your store," Apple told staff. "Starting July 29, face masks will be required in store for customers and team members -- even if they’re vaccinated."
Apple also encouraged staff to get vaccinated but isn't mandating it yet.
“Apple encourages everyone who is eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, to take it,” said the memo. “Please talk to your doctor and decide what’s right for you.”
Notably, this follows a Google announcement today that corporate staff must be vaccinated to return to the office.
More details in the full report linked below...