Apple reportedly will start phasing out mask requirements for US retail store customers

Apple is reportedly going to lift mask requirements for customers at some of its retail stores in the US. | Getty Images

Apple is reportedly planning to begin ending mask requirements for customers at some of its US retail stores as early as Friday (via Bloomberg). The company told employees about the change in an internal memo on Thursday, Bloomberg reported, saying the decision was based on a decline in coronavirus cases and a rise in vaccination rates.

Like many companies with multiple locations, Apple has changed its masking requirements for customers more than once since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year. In March 2020, the company closed most of its retail stores . It began reopening , with many offering only curbside service and not allowing customers inside. Most stores that did open to...