Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Apple’s retail operation has adapted to changing situations in the world, but it does not change direction according to the latest CDC public health recommendations. According to Bloomberg, he informed U.S. retail stores that for now, mask warrants and other COVID-19 procedures will remain in place, even as more people in the country are getting vaccinated.
This is in line with some retailers like Target and CVS, while others like Walmart and Trader Joe’s have already dropped mask requirements nationwide. Apple policies may also be flexible to local situations, as 9to5Mac notes that while the number of Michigan cases has increased in recent weeks, stores there have been closed and then reopened as Express pitches. Apple experimented with the format late last year, where stores are partitioned off with windows where customers are served one at a time. As the pandemic continues (hopefully) to abate, it will be interesting to see which policies get canceled – and when – and which ones stay for good.
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