Apple announced Monday that it intends to reopen its fleet of retailers in Australia, with the tech giant expected to return 21 of 22 outlets to a state of limited operation on May 7.
Apple Sydney is the only Apple Store not to participate in the nationwide reopening this week.
With one exception – Apple Sydney – the Apple store and brick-and-mortar Apple chain will open to customers at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, May 7, as part of COVID-19’s phased reopening strategy. the society.
According to Apple’s updated regional retail web page, all stores across the country will operate under strictly limited business hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. Another outlier, Apple Brisbane, will close at 4 p.m. Sunday May 10.
The only Australian Apple Store to remain closed is Apple’s in Sydney, New South Wales. The dedicated landing page for this store indicates that the store is closed for “creative updates” and directs customers to online shopping options. No mention of precautions against coronaviruses or planned reopening dates is listed for the flagship product.
“To begin with, we will open with additional safety procedures, including temperature controls, social distance and an adjusted schedule, to ensure that customers and employees continue to stay healthy,” Apple said in a communicated to Bloomberg. “Our social distance protocol means a limited number of visitors to the store at a time, so there may be a delay for walk-in customers.”
The news of Apple’s retail plans in Australia arrives a week after distribution manager Deirdre O’Brien told employees that the company plans to open “many more” Apple stores Store that is currently closed due to concerns related to COVID-19. At the time, O’Brien did not provide details on the matter, but said that Apple “continues to analyze this health situation in all locations” and noted that it anticipates that the manufacturer of iPhone “would reopen many other stores in May”.
Apple CEO Tim Cook developed the reopening initiative in an interview last Thursday, saying stores in Austria and Australia would open in one to two weeks.
Reports earlier today indicated that Apple Kärntner Strasse in Austria is expected to re-activate on May 5, representing the first European location to reopen after Apple closed all Apple Stores outside of China in March.
Apple is slowly reopening its stores around the world as countries begin to flatten the curve for new cases of coronavirus. Stores in China began reopening in February, as the 42 locations in the region returned to limited operating condition in March. Most recently, Apple Garosugil in South Korea reopened in April with reduced hours and a focus on customer service and order collection.
Updated with Apple’s statement.