Apple has acknowledged that it will be reopening a bunch of company-owned brick-and-mortar locations in Australia, a 25 million people market, on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
21 of Australia’s 22 Apple Stores will reopen on May 7 at 10:00 am following extended closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. […] Reduced operating hours, physical distancing and a focus on support — it’s a familiar tune. Apple’s tried-and-true guidelines for safe and responsible store reopenings will extend to Australia.
Apple’s store in Sydney, however, won’t reopen:
The flagship location closed in January for renovations that are expected to include a Today at Apple Forum for creative sessions. It’s not known if the coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on the renovation timeline, but celebrating a remodeled store in the midst of public health crisis wouldn’t be appropriate.
Precautions include social distancing measures, temperature checks, limiting the number of customers in a store at one time, using and giving face masks to customers who don’t have one, focusing on device repairs and order pickups, and s forth.
As you know, all Apple Stores outside Greater China have been temporarily shuttered because of the ongoing health crisis due to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, a disease it causes.
The Cupertino tech giant today re-opened its lone store in Vienna, Austria, marking the second Apple location that has reopened outside of Greater China after its South Korean store, located in Seoul’s Gangnam district, re-opened its doors to customers last week.
Just like with Australia’s store re-openings, the Vienna store currently operates on limited hours from 11am until 6pm because of the ongoing health crisis.
Photo: Apple’s store in Brisbane, Australia