Apple to begin reopening stores in US next week

Apple has just stated that it is cautiously opening a handful of Apple stores in the United States, and others will follow under the conditions.

Apple’s Anchorage, Alaska Fifth Avenue Mall store

Starting the week of May 11, some Apple Retail stores, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open. Specifically, some stores in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and South Carolina will open.

Stores will require temperature controls for employees and visitors. Employees will have to wear masks, but it is unclear whether they will require customers to do the same. In addition, the maximum number of people in the store will be strictly limited.

Apple has issued a statement to Appleiphonestop and other sites regarding the openings.

We are delighted to begin reopening stores in the United States next week, starting with select stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska. Our team is constantly monitoring local health data and government advice, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will.

Our new social distance protocol allows a limited number of visitors to the store at a time, so there may be a delay for walk-in customers. Where possible, we recommend that customers purchase online for contactless delivery or store pickup.

In total, there are six stores in the four states. It is not yet clear whether the six will open.

Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China on March 14 to protect customers and team members from the rapidly developing disease. The initial plans were to reopen the Apple Stores on March 27.

Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president for retail and people, said in a memo in April that the company would open Apple stores in early May.

For other stores and corporate locations, Apple employees will otherwise continue to adhere to homework protocols, which for retailers like Geniuses include remote technical support. Company employees, like those based at Apple Park, also work remotely to avoid spreading the virus.

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