Apple had to Close Stores Again
Apple has announced the re-closure of retail stores in several US states due to an increase in the incidence of new coronavirus. A brand spokesman said that this was a necessary “precaution” for as long as the situation with COVID-19 in these regions is not stabilized.
Apple re-closes 11 stores in the United States due to an outbreak of coronavirus in some states of the country, reports Business Insider. The company opened all retail outlets last month, when the situation stabilized, but warned that it could change its mind if the number of infected people rose sharply.
It is about closing two stores in Florida, two in North Carolina, one in South Carolina and six in Arizona. In these states, an increase in the incidence of coronavirus was recorded in June. In addition, they are among the top ten anti-champions of the country by the average number of people infected during the week. The increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the United States occurred amid weakening of quarantine measures, which led to the return of some organizations to work.
“In connection with the current situation with COVID-19 in some states in which we operate, we decided to temporarily close our stores. We are taking this step as a precaution, we continue to closely monitor the situation and hope that our employees will return to their places as soon as possible, ”Apple said in a statement.
In May, company executives mentioned that they could close stores again if there was a threat to the health of workers and customers.
“We carefully study all the data available to us, including local outbreaks of infection, short-term and long-term trends, as well as recommendations from national and local health authorities. This is not a decision that should be taken hastily, and opening a store does not mean that we will not close it again if the situation is unfavorable, ”said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Human Resources, for a month. back.
In March this year, Apple temporarily closed all retail stores outside of China to curb the spread of coronavirus infection.
Last month, retail outlets in the United States were reopened, but with restrictions – so there was a limit on the number of people inside, as well as a requirement to wear masks.
On Monday, June 22, Apple will host the first ever WWDC conference online because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to rumors, new versions of the company’s operating systems will be presented at WWDC – iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 and macOS 10.16. It is still unknown whether Apple’s new gadgets will be shown at the conference, but some experts predict the first AirTag show – special beacons that will help the owner, if necessary, find his bag, keys or any other valuable thing if such a tracker was attached to it in advance.
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Apple has announced the re-closure of retail stores in several US states due to an increase in the incidence of new coronavirus.