In addition to allowing company employees to work from home, Apple has told its hourly and retail employees that it will offer indefinite sick leave to people with symptoms of the new coronavirus infection, according tomedia Maker Macrumors. According to the details obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple’s hourly workers ,including retail staff, do not need to submit a doctor’s note if they need a break. Apple’s new policy will make it easier for employees with COVID-19 symptoms to take time off.
Apple has not yet closed any retail stores in the United States. But according tomedia reports, Apple has canceled Today’s Apple meetings in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most new cases in the United States.
Apple has also adjusted some stores to reduce the number of Chairs at Genius bar and the number of seats in the Forum, which will provide more real space between customers. Cleaning of the equipment should also be carried out on a regular basis to limit the spread of bacteria.
Apple sent a memo over the weekend advising employees in the U.S., South Korea, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to work from home next week. Many other high-tech companies have recommended similar measures for employees to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus.