Apple employees will not be allowed to ask for verification that a customer has received his vaccination(s).
Apple Store customers who have been vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask inside the store
In a memo Apple wrote, “Given the progress being made in response to Covid-19 in the U.S., we wanted to let you know that a number of sites are now moving to the next phase of resumption and will begin to operate under Phase 3 onsite protocol. In Phase 3, where allowed, Apple protocols are being updated to permit optional masking for vaccinated individuals. Physical distancing requirements are also being relaxed in this phase.”
While Apple has already eliminated its mask policy in certain countries like Australia, the decision to allow vaccinated employees to go without a mask at company headquarters in Cupertino, California dovetails with the state’s plan to reopen on Tuesday dropping restrictions for those who have been vaccinated.
Apple continued to give Apple Store employees full pay and benefits even if they were lounging around at home during the pandemic
Apple promised Apple Store workers that they would continue to be paid their full salary and benefits even with the Apple Stores closed. Some were trained to handle technical support questions from home and were sent a 27-inch Mac to use. Whether they decided to work for Apple handling technical support questions from home, or just lounging around all day watching Happy Days repeats, Apple did not pressure their work force even though some of them felt fearful that if they refused to handle support calls, they would look bad in the eyes of their bosses and co workers.