Apple is dropping its mask mandates for corporate employees in most locations, The Verge reported Monday, citing an internal memo.
This comes even as COVID-19 infections are increasing in the United States with the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants accounting for more than 90 percent of infections, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. is according to. ,
These subtypes carry significant mutations from early versions of the omicron and over time the protection from the vaccines decreases.
“If you feel more comfortable doing so, don’t hesitate to continue wearing a face mask,” the report quoted Apple as saying in an internal email. “Also, please respect each person’s decision to wear a mask or not.”
Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment outside regular business hours.
In May, Apple told employees they should wear masks in common areas — at least in Silicon Valley offices. Separately, retail employees were informed that about 100 US stores would again require staff members to wear masks as well. Apple dropped that requirement in March when cases were relaxed.
At the time, the company also delayed plans to require workers to return to the office three days a week, citing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. However, the company still expected employees to come to the office two days a week.
Meanwhile, some Apple employees have complained about the return-to-work plan, saying it limits productivity. He has said that the time taken in commuting takes hours which can be spent in his work. Employees also complained that the return to office overlooked the lack of a vaccine for young children.