Apple is preparing to restart operations at some U.S. retail stores next week,media reported. The tech giant decided in March to close most of its stores in 510 locations around the world, in the event of a COVID-19 pandemic triggered by the new coronavirus. Recently, Apple has begun trying to restart important support and services in a handful of well-controlled markets such as Australia, Austria, Germany and South Korea. In the U.S. mainland, however, the number of new coronavirus infections reported varies widely from state to state.
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Apple plans to resume operations in less affected areas, including six direct retail stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska.
In an interview with 9to5mac, Apple said it was pleased to reopen some of its retail stores next week, while the team would continue to keep a close eye on local health data and government guidance to give customers peace of mind to the store experience.
With many still working and studying from home, retail stores will focus on genius bar support services and strictly enforce health safeguards such as in-store staff density control, temperature testing, social alienation, and wearing masks.
According to local government guidance, the process varies from store to store. Customers who are afraid of wasting time are advised to order online, pick up goods from the store, and use contactless delivery.
It is reported that Idaho’s only direct store (in Boise Towne Plaza) will reopen at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, with additional store opening hours subject to notice.