As Apple continues to monitor the COVID-19 situations across the globe, especially as it relates to its physical retail stores, the company has decided that opening nearly 100 more shops throughout the United States and Canada is the right move.
That’s based on a notice sent out by Apple’s own Deidre O’Brien (via 9to5Mac) to employees, notifying them of the future store openings that will start happening over the course of this week. The notice says that Apple will be opening more than 70 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada this week. In the U.S., stores in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, and others are all part of the list.
This week we’ll return to serving customers in many more US locations including by appointment in New York City, where we’re proud to stand beside New Yorkers as they emerge from this incredibly difficult time. All stores continue to practice additional steps for the health of employees and customers, including temperature checks, face coverings and social distancing. As hours and services vary by location, we encourage everyone to check their local store webpage for more information. Customers can also visit for support by phone or chat.
We are committed to reopening our stores in a very thoughtful manner with the health and safety of our customers and teams as our top priority, and we look forward to seeing our customers again soon.
You can check out the full list of the reopening stores in the original report.
There are currently 271 retail stores in the United States, and, as of June 16, 2020, Apple has reopened 154 of them. That number will increase this week. Meanwhile, in Canada, Apple has already reopened stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba have already reopened. The newest reopening storefronts will be in Conestoga and Masonville in Ontario.
At the time of publication, Apple’s retail stores in Quebec remain closed.
The safety measure that Apple has already implemented in its reopened stores will be par for the course with these latest stores as well. That includes temperature checks at the door. It will also see the company limiting the number of customers allowed into a particular store at any given time, and social distancing rules will be in place while in the stores.
It’s worth noting that some stores are keeping things curbside-only, while others are allowing for the full shopping experience inside.
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