Sorry, you still need your mask.
The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday, May 13, that Americans who have had successfully got their vaccine shots are now welcome inside and outside public premises without masks on. Unfortunately, Apple may not yet implement this new rule.
There’s still mask with Apple
A Bloomberg report suggests that Cupertino-based tech giant Apple may not yet allow customers to enter their physical stores without masks on, regardless if you’re vaccinated or not. In an interview with the news outlet after the CDC memo, the company said that all health regulations will still run in their every stores. This includes customers wearing face masks or face coverings.
As explained, the employee and customer safety is still their top priority. Therefore, requiring customers to still wear their face masks inside Apple store premises should still be a rule.
However, based on past actions of the tech giant, it seemed like the proposal of not lifting the mask rules is not possible for now. Also, the Apple website FAQ page has no announcements of non-mask entry for the stores.
Other US stores’ now mask-free
Despite Apple reportedly disregarding CDC’s new rule, other physical stores in the country are now up and running to welcome vaccinated customers without their masks on. Retailers such as Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Publix were the first ones to announced the new non-mask requirement.
“In accordance with CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store,” Publix’s mask update said in a statement Friday.
Not everyone is happy with CDC new rule
If some of you are happy without needing face masks to enter buildings, Lisa LaBruno, the senior executive vice president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association showed dismay over the new rule. She said that the CDC lifting of mask rule may not be good for frontliners once the virus cases starts to spike again. Instead of promoting it, she urged customers to still wear their masks on, regardless if the store approves it or not.
“Frontline workers deserve this respect. Retailers encourage customers that do not want to wear a mask to shop online or via curbside pickup offerings,” LaBruno said.
CDC New rule
The health agency’s new rule was unexpected by the public. This was probably one of the reasons why a lot of retailers still think the non-mask entry is not an option for now.
The regulation is as follows: “You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic,” first line on the rule. “You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
Will you still wear a mask?