Despite the fact the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, some regions have handled it better than others. Which means businesses have felt it okay to reopen in some capacity or another. Apple is one such company, but now things have changed in about a handful of states in the United States.According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple has decided that, based on concerns related to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes, it must make the decision to close almost a dozen stores across four states. Based on Gurman’s tweet today, Apple will be closing 11 stores across Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The tweet does not go into any specifics.
Apple says it is re-closing 11 stores across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona amid Covid-19 spikes.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) June 19, 2020
This news comes on the heels of Apple confirming that it would be reopening just over 70 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada. And, back in May, the company reopened over 100 of its physical retail stores. But, it’s worth noting that while Apple is moving ahead with store reopenings, it is doing so with the information it has available to it.
What that means is that Apple’s executives are looking at each state individually, investigating the trends in each state and city where its physical retail stores are located. If the data suggests that it is safe to reopen, they are doing so with new safety and health measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. And, just as we’re seeing today, if the situation grows worse in some areas, the company is not afraid to close down previously reopened stores.
At the stores that are open now, Apple is implanting new rules for customers. There will be temperature checks before entering, and there are new social distancing guidelines within each retail space to make sure customers are staying at least 6 feet apart. The stores are also only allowing a certain number of customers in at any given time. There are new cleaning practices in place as well. And, it’s worth noting that some retail stores aren’t even completely open just yet, preferring to stick with curbside-only service for now.
Have you visited a newly-reopened Apple Store recently? If so, how was the experience for you?