Apple has encouraged office and retail employees in the U.S. to work from home, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus. However, with the number of cases occurring again, the company may no longer expect employees to be able to return to work site by 2020. Bloomberg reported Monday that the tech giant is also encouraging retail employees to switch to remote working mode as more stores close.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last month, the tech giant hosted the first online Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2020).
During the COVID-19 epidemic, the company also closed retail stores in many parts of the world and began restricting travel by employees in early March. Later that month, Apple announced that it would not close all U.S. retail stores on a regular basis.
In May, Apple tried to restart the operation of individual stores, while strictly complying with the department’s social disconnection policies, such as requiring a mask to be worn when entering the store and keeping a distance away from others.
Unfortunately, Apple was forced to close its retail stores again this month and encourage customers to shop through online channels because of weak controls and the government’s rush to restart the economy, which led to another surge in COVID-19 cases.