Apple drops face mask requirements for most of its corporate workers

Apple is dropping its mask mandates for corporate employees at “most locations,” according to an internal email from the COVID-19 response team seen by The Verge.

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Zoe Schiffer for The Verge:

“Don’t hesitate to continue wearing a face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so,” the email reads. “Also, please respect every individual’s decision to wear a mask or not.”

Apple started requiring some employees to return to the office in April, but stopped short of implementing its full hybrid model, which would mandate three days of in-person work for all employees, every week.

MacDailyNews Note: The full memo:

Team,

We are writing to share an update to our current protocols. In light of current circumstances, wearing a face mask will no longer be required in most locations. As always, please check Welcome Forward regularly for specific requirements for your site, including those from local health authorities, or any site you may visit.

We recognize that everyone’s personal circumstances are different. Don’t hesitate to continue wearing a face mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. Also, please respect every individual’s decision to wear a mask or not.

Thank you for all that you do to support Apple’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The COVID-19 Response Team

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32 Comments

        1. Yes, AC’s repeat failure to recognize Trump’s remarkable unprecedented ACCOMPLISHMENTS, will never cease. When you can’t change history or facts, all that’s left is snarky petty insults. Sad…

  1. Ah, the inevitable political statements tying in bullshit knocks on science.

    COVID-19 does not give a damn about your politics. As of yesterday, an average of 439 people in the U.S. are dying a day from COVID-19. Approximately 1,030,500 people have died due to COVID-19 in the U.S. alone.

    For those that say those are fake numbers, grossly inflated by false reports of people that die from other causes, you do know that MDs, Coroners, and Medical Examiners will lose their licenses to practice if they falsely fill out death certificates? For those that say the numbers are fake, are you saying hundreds of these people are willing to risk never practicing again to inflate the numbers? Are you saying thousands of them over the last 2 1/2 years are willing to lose their licenses to make it look like there’s a pandemic when there is none?

    Wearing certain types of masks is virtually useless. Those gaiters worn as masks are truly virtually useless as the stretchy material opens up the weave as it’s stretched over the face. Wearing proper masks (N95 or next best KN95 or even a multi layer, tight weave cloth mask) is very, very protective of both you and those around you. Those are the facts. Those are real. If you don’t believe that, well, that’s your choice. That’s your belief. It’s not reality. It’s the old fallacy of “What I don’t know can’t hurt me.”

    Make fun of politicians all you want. Most of them deserve constant ridicule or worse. Just don’t ignore real science. You will do so at your own risk.

    1. Ooh, so very scary, you “progressisve” halfwit.

      Those who succumb to COVID – as it has been from the very beginning – are severely immunocompromised, smoke, have chronic, poorly-managed diabetes, cancer, or are grossly/morbidly overweight.

      We have a lot of that in the U.S. It will therefore take quite a number of years for COVID to get them and kill them off.

      The vast majority of people – over 98% – who are NOT severely immunocompromised, smoke, have chronic, poorly-managed diabetes, or are grossly/morbidly overweight have VERY LITTLE to fear from getting and easily getting over – via their functioning immune system alone – what amounts to a bad cold, if even that. Many won’t even notice that they had COVID.

      And, yet, the lives of the vast majority of people have been severely disrupted and, in some cases, ruined, by FEARFUL STUPID FUCKING MORONS like Shadowself and his fearmongering ilk.

      I encourage retards to keep wearing their idiotic masks. It’s a quick and easy identifier of fearful, spineless, malleable dullards like Shadowself.

      1. Brutal Truth: you make it very clear that you feel no compulsion to take any basic steps to reduce the risk of infecting all those people who you can tell at a glance are immunocompromised or have other health complications. You seem happy to let those people suffer or die … for what? Is your facial vanity is that important? This is psychotic, and you should seek professional help.

        Now that proven vaccines are readily available, the most at-risk people can better protect themselves. Guess who the remaining high risk people are. They are the ones who feared the vaccine, largely along the same political lines as the anti-maskers. So its ironic you mock someone’s concern for others. Most cheap consumer masks are moderately effective at cutting down on aerosol spread of virus, not in preventing the mask wearer from inhaling airborne viruses, so it’s basically a way to protect others around you. You condemn this as fear while knowing full well that the anti-science people on the extreme right will be the primary victims from here on out.

        On any properly moderated forum, your ad hominem insults to Shadowself would have resulted in removal. I don’t know what’s wrong with you or this site owner, but it’s totally uncalled for.

        1. Masks don’t fucking work, genius.

          You’re just pissed that you can’t virtue signal with a fucking face diaper anymore. Everyone (even the morons, excluding you and your ilk) finally get it now.

          Tell us that you don’t have a Ukraine flag prominently displayed in your Twitter/Facebook/Insta crap. We don’t believe you. We laugh at you and your ilk.

    2. “For those that say those are fake numbers, grossly inflated by false reports of people that die from other causes, you do know that MDs, Coroners, and Medical Examiners will lose their licenses to practice if they falsely fill out death certificates?”

      Seriously, you actually believe inflated numbers never happened just because of a penalty for breaking a law?

      Do you also believe speeding limit numbers painted on highway signs stop millions of motorists, the overwhelming majority of travelers, from speeding and breaking the law everyday?

      Lastly, do you believe laws for murder and mass shootings with penalties of death, stop crime and the indiscriminate murder of everyday citizens?

      What policing agency EXISTS that is going to VERIFY and MONITOR reports from thousands of healthcare providers in addition to: “Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. financial system. It employs over 18 million workers” …to check and ensure Covid death accuracy??

      Just because a law exists, does not automatically TRANSLATE into it never happens. Your naïveté is absolutely stunning and in a state of disbelief.

      The fact is federal stimulus money available for medical facilities reporting Covid deaths has been abused. The Epoch Times newspaper ran an excellent investigative article behind a paywall in March, acknowledged not the liberal leaning NYT’s or CNN, about different truths regarding number of deaths.

      A few excerpts:

      “Hospitals receive payments for testing every patient for COVID, every COVID diagnosis and every ‘COVID death, as well as any time they use remdesivir and mechanical ventilation.”

      That was the incentive many hospital administrators used to instruct their staffs. My sister and next door neighbor working in nursing homes lived it firsthand and it’s monetary impact well known in healthcare circles. More:

      “Early on in the COVID pandemic, people suspected that the deaths attributed to the infection were exaggerated. There was plenty of evidence for this. For starters, hospitals were instructed and incentivized to mark any patient who had a positive COVID test and subsequently died within a certain time period as a COVID death.

      At the same time, we knew that the PCR test was unreliable, producing inordinate amounts of false positives. Now, the truth is finally starting to come out and, as suspected, the actual death toll is vastly lower than we were led to believe.”

      Shadowself, I don’t believe for a nanosecond your going to believe a word of it. Certainly, not easy to challenge personal beliefs of an alternative reality. Probably best just stick to the IDEALISTIC la la land you live in…

      1. “At the same time, we knew that the PCR test was unreliable, producing inordinate amounts of false positives.”

        I don’t know how “inordinate”. True, it ca be inactive virus, but that’s still an exposure in those few cases. A negative, however, is a “true negative”.

        1. What do you expect when they chose a diversity hire that can’t define woman. Now they want first graders to deal with the science.

          What is it with those people on the Left. Always got dicks, aholes and little kid first graders on their mind. Is there not a pedophile amongst the lot of you?

          1. Pay attention… first graders know more science than the imbecile I was responding to. And you.

            Not that I expect you to understand all the manifestations of “gender” other than sex characteristics and sex chromosomes (if that).

            For the vast majority, it is that simple. But this is about rights, everyone, not just the vast majority.

          1. You don’t believe in science.

            You believe in Big Science, aka propaganda used to advance the left’s political agenda.

            People who actually understand and deal with REAL science are open to new facts, not closed email ‘arrangements’.

            They see the manipulation in computer models, old DATA collections, skewed DATA and incomplete DATA.

            Scream how smart you are all you want.
            We all no different…

            1. All you’re proving, is that science in progress should not be reported directly to the public. Not fair to expect they understand how to interpret it.

            2. NASA, Fermilab, SLAC, JPL, Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, Jefferson Labs, NIH, CDC, and so many more. All “Big Science”. But hey, as long as you “no” different.

            3. You’re just a goddam gotcha whore.
              No substance and all argument.

              How you manage to argue science with these leftist clowns in office is beyond me.
              Mention orange man bad for an extra ten points of whoredom.

              What a waste of time you are.

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