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23 Feb 2022

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Apple Inc. announced that it will be removing mask mandates in its retail stores as the tech giant plans a return to in-person shopping. This comes as COVID-19 cases continue to drop which has influenced related local legislation.

Mask mandates have been suspended in Apple retail stores across North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Kansas, Georgia, and other states. In New York, customers who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks compulsorily. However, Apple still encourages people to wear masks and is willing to provide them in their stores for those who require them.

The company is also planning to resume its in-store classes called Today at Apple that educates people on its various gadgets and software. While classes may begin as early as this week in some stores, other stores are aiming for a March reopening.

Apple has been circumspect in implementing the required measures since the COVID-19 pandemic first began in 2020. Accordingly, it has also made adjustments as per changing legislative protocol while also indeterminately delaying the return to in-person work for its corporate employees.

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