Some of the big names in retail in the US like Walmart and Costco, recently announced that vaccinated customers will not need to wear masks in their stores, inspired by CDCThe latest guidelines for wearing masks. But not all companies are following suit, tech giants Apple be one of them.
The Cupertino-based technology company is currently adhering to the “mask-on” policy in its retail stores in the US, according to a report by Bloomberg. The mask mandate was retained for each customer, regardless of whether they were vaccinated or not.
According to the CDC’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for CDC for Fully Vaccinated People” they can
“Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing yourself unless required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local company and workplace guidelines.” You can also “resume domestic travel and not take any tests before or after the trip, or self-quarantine after the trip”.
A March 13 update to the guidelines adds that “Fully vaccinated individuals cannot test after known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional facility, detention center, or homeless shelter.”
In the end, if people who are fully vaccinated have COVID-19 symptoms, they should get tested, which clearly implies that vaccination won’t make you immune to COVID-19 infection. So if you are fully vaccinated, but unfortunately have COVIDand you are strolling into an Apple Store without a mask, which would increase the risk of the infection spreading among workers. If Apple maintains the mask mandate, it still seems sensible to play it safe when it comes to COVID-19.