Apple is delaying the reopening of its corporate offices and is currently gifting employees a $1000 bonus each. This is according to reports from NBC News and Bloomberg, with a reopening date “yet to be determined.”
Reports from these sites confirm that company CEO Tim Cook in an email to staff confirmed the uncertainty of full officer reopening. Also, the $1,000 bonus applies to Apple’s retail workers this year.
The delay in the reopening of its office has been fueled by the surge of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Workers were en route to resume their offices on February 1st, but that isn’t certain anymore.
Apple has reportedly temporarily closed its Southlake Texas retail store and three other stores after reports of the Covid-19 outbreak. News Outlet NBC Says 22 Southlake store staff have tested positive for the global virus, and precisely 4 staff had the virus shortly after Black Friday.
The NBC shared that some employees of the store had earlier complained that the store was not able to keep social distancing.
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In July 2020, Apple announced that it would reclose another 30 retail stores across seven states as the US records a spike in COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of closed stores to 77 which is more than 25 percent of its US stores.
Apple is constantly monitoring local health data in determining the stores that it will reopen or reclose. All the reopened stores also require that staff and customers wear masks.
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