Apple begins to change its mask requirements for employees, according to Bloomberg† Vaccinated staffers will not be required to wear masks in offices where “local indoor mask mandates have been eliminated,” while masks will be optional for store associates in “a small number of locations,” starting Friday, the publication said.
Last week, Apple started dropping mask requirements for Apple Store customers in several states. Back then, employees were still required to wear masks, but it seems Apple is starting to relax those rules for some. Apple had previously dropped mask requirements for some stores and offices in June, but brought them back in July.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The edge†
It is still unclear when Apple plans to fully reopen its offices. The company indefinitely postponed a planned February 1 reopening in December, with CEO Tim Cook telling staff in a memo that the return to work date “has not yet been determined.” When that February 1 date was announced, Cook outlined a hybrid work trial where most employees would first work in the office for one or two days and later be asked to work in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Google’s Bay Area employees will return to their Bay Area offices in April, also in a hybrid model. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal has informed his employees that his offices will fully reopen on March 15, and Meta plans to do the same on March 28. Microsoft fully reopened its headquarters on Monday.