Apple to Reopen About 100 US Shops, Most With Curbside Pickup

Apple to Reopen About 100 US Shops, Most With Curbside Pickup

Apple plans to reopen about 100 US shops, principally with curbside pickup however some with walk-in service, the corporate mentioned on Tuesday. Apple shuttered shops worldwide because the novel coronavirus pandemic unfold however has slowly opened them primarily based on native well being knowledge. Earlier this month, the corporate reopened a handful of shops in Alaska, Idaho, and Alabama.

Beneath Apple’s new procedures, shops with walk-in service would require prospects and workers to endure temperature checks and put on masks earlier than coming into. Apple will present masks to prospects who’ve none. Social-distancing guidelines will restrict the variety of folks within the retailer at one time, which Apple mentioned may create delays for walk-in prospects.

Apple plans to permit prospects to deal with show merchandise, as earlier than.

“All through the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place particular emphasis on all surfaces, show merchandise, and extremely trafficked areas,” Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien wrote in a letter to prospects.

Apple has shops in a number of states the place native guidelines would have allowed it to open, however it didn’t instantly accomplish that. The corporate has relied on native knowledge all the way down to town degree, typically even reopening in the identical US state at completely different occasions.

The corporate began shuttering its China shops in January and reopened them by mid-March. Days later, Apple closed all shops exterior mainland China because the virus moved across the globe. Shops reopened exterior the Larger China area in mid-April, beginning in South Korea, and have continued by Europe, Asia and the US.

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