Apple to extend Covid testing for vaccinated retail staff

Apple Inc. plans to start testing vaccinated retail employees twice per week for Covid-19, a step towards dropping its masks requirement for workers.

The corporate introduced the plan in a memo to U.S. retail employees Tuesday, altering a coverage that had required vaccinated employees to check as soon as per week. Unvaccinated employees had already been required to check twice weekly. On the identical time, the corporate is now permitting staff to confirm their outcomes independently relatively than offering proof. 

“Primarily based on what we’ve realized from our testing pilot, everybody will now be required to self-test twice per week, no matter vaccination standing,” the corporate stated within the memo. “As well as, when you had been submitting your check outcomes for verification, you’re now not required to take action.”

Apple additionally stated within the memo that it’s reconsidering the masks requirement for workers and that an replace can be shared quickly. “At this level, staff members ought to proceed to put on a face masks in retailer,” in accordance with the memo. The corporate is “presently reviewing our face masks steering for staff members.”

Apple, primarily based in Cupertino, California, informed staff that whereas it could want to regulate the protocols once more sooner or later, the corporate is “hopeful that case numbers stay low and these protocols can be in impact for the foreseeable future.”

Apple has been steadily loosening its Covid-19 guidelines. The corporate not too long ago dropped its masks mandate for purchasers in most shops throughout the nation — in keeping with altering guidelines on indoor masks carrying from native governments and the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. It’s additionally getting ready to deliver again in-store Right now at Apple courses. 

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Although instances are falling, the corporate has but to announce a brand new return-to-office deadline for company staff. Apple had beforehand deliberate to require employees to work from the workplace at the very least three days per week by Feb. 1, however that plan was delayed after the omicron variant triggered a spike in instances.