BEIJING, April 3 (Xinhua) — Apple told its employees on Thursday that its u.S. retail stores would remain closed because of the new coronavirus outbreak and that its home-based business would remain open until early May, according tomedia reports.
In a memo to employees, Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and talent, said the company expects “all offices to maintain flexible working arrangements and all retail stores in the U.S. to remain closed until early May.” “
She said Apple would “continue to monitor the location of every Apple office location” and that the company would make a decision on whether to reopen the site through “thorough and thorough scrutiny and on the basis of the latest guidance from local government and public health experts.” “
The document also shows that the company is currently “working on a variety of options to ensure that employees with children are given sufficient support and flexibility to adjust their schedules as needed.” Ms O’Brien said Apple was aware that “many parents need to balance work with children who are at home” and encouraged employees to explain the situation to management and describe the difficulties they face.
Mr O’Brien has previously told employees that some Of Apple stores outside the US could reopen as early as the first half of April. In Thursday’s report, Mr O’Brien said the company’s executive team met on a daily basis and closely coordinated all teams within the company.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has about 270 retail stores in the U.S., and in March, 458 Apple stores outside China, Taiwan and Hong Kong were closed because of the outbreak, including u.S. retailers.