Apple Inc. will start reopening USA retail stores next week, beginning in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska. Those include a limit on customers in the stores at any given time, social distancing, temperature checks and face coverings for customers and employees.
Apple will begin reopening its retail stores in the United States from next week. Our new social distance protocol allows for a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers.
"We are excited to start reopening stores in the USA next week", an Apple spokesman said told CNBCwho first told the news. In a call with Wall Street analysts to discuss the quarter, CEO Tim Cook said the reopening of stores in China offers a rough guide for how he expects other global regions to come back to life.
In the four states where Apple stores will reopen, new procedures will be in place similar to those in countries such as South Korea, Australia and Austria, where stores have already reopened.
Apple said its teams constantly monitor local health data and government guidance.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 25% of people may be asymptomatic for the disease. The tests showed 13.9% overall had them, which would translate to possibly 2.7 million people in the state.
Apple reopening retail stores in a handful of states is somewhat encouraging, but doesn't necessarily imply additional stores will open in the near future.
The Apple logo at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, on October 16, 2019. A Business Insider report on store re-openings in Australia notes that customers were checked for temperature before they entered stores and that plenty of hand sanitizer was available inside the stores.
In a statement, Apple told AFP: "We've missed our customers and look forward to offering our support".
As local guidance varies around the USA there may be slight modifications to our procedures. Consolidating them into one, simplified hub should definitely make it easier for Apple customers to buy products, track their deliveries, and get help and support from the company. "As always, our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and those working around the clock to treat, study and contain its spread", the spokesperson said.