Apple is dropping its mask authorizations for company employees at “most locations,” according to an internal email from the COVID-19 response team, obtained by the edge.
“Feel free to continue wearing a face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so,” the email read. “Also, please respect each individual’s decision to wear a mask or not.”
The move comes amid an increase in the highly transmissible BA.5 type of COVID-19. Earlier this week, the Bay Area transportation system BART reauthorized its mask.
Apple began asking some employees to return to the office in April, but stopped implementing its full hybrid model, which requires three days of in-person work for all employees, each week.
Read Apple’s internal email here:
We are writing to share an update to our current protocols. Under the current circumstances, wearing a face mask will no longer be required in most locations. As always, please check Welcome Forward regularly for the specific requirements of your location, including those of your local health authorities, or any location you may visit.
We understand that everyone’s personal circumstances are different. Feel free to continue wearing the face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. Please also respect each individual’s decision to wear a mask or not.
Thank you for everything you’re doing to support Apple’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
COVID-19 Response Team