Apple is preparing to reopen its four Apple Stores in Switzerland on May 12, as part of the iPhone manufacturer’s attempt to slowly return to normal worldwide.
Apple Store in Wallisellen, Switzerland
The store pages of the four Apple Stores in Basel, Genf, Wallisellen and Zurich all indicate that they will be open on May 12. On all sites, the opening hours are listed from 11:00 to 18:00 local time, with an asterisk indicating that these are “special opening hours” rather than their usual longer hours.
The updated store lists do not mention any special measures that Apple will put in place for retail outlets, but it is likely that Apple will impose restrictions on the number of customers that can enter the store at one time, in order to maintain the social distancing of COVID-19.
These measures could include temperature controls for employees and visitors, as is currently done in some open outlets, as well as the wearing of masks by employees.
The news of the store in Switzerland, reported for the first time by 9to5Mac, is the continuation of Apple’s attempts to bring a sense of normalcy to its retail activity. The company closed almost all of its stores as a precaution to limit the sp of coronavirus, but began reopening its stores in April.
Deirdre O’Brien, Apple vice president of sales and retail, announced plans to open more stores on April 20, with store openings decided on a regional basis.
The Swiss stores will follow one day after the opening of three German stores on May 11. The only Apple Store in neighboring Austria has been open since May 5, and plans are in place to reopen selected stores in the United States. from the week of May 11.