Apple has declared that all Apple Store customers should wear a mask and follow social distancing rules in light of trending COVID-19 cases in the US.


In November, the Cupertino-based company removed its mask-wearing policy for Apple Store customers in the US due to dropping COVID-19 numbers. However, the trend is rising again and there are concerns about the new Omicron variant spreading in the population.

Apple Stores that did not drop its mask mandate will still continue with the rule, but those that have will re-implement it moving forward. Furthermore, Apple will reinstate the occupancy limit in stores where people will have to wait until it’s less crowded. Around 100 stores did not require visitors to wear a mask in November.

Apple has continually adjusted its operation in Apple Stores and corporate offices in line with the pandemic. Since COVID-19, the Cupertino-based company has allowed remote work for employees, kiosks for Apple product pick-ups and more.


Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.