Apple says it will start to reopen some of its US stores from next week after closing them since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CNBC reports the iPhone maker will open its stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska.
The company in a statement to 9to5mac says:
“We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska. Our team is constantly monitoring local health data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will.
“We’ve missed our customers and look forward to offering our support. With many working and learning from home, our primary focus will be providing service and support at the Genius Bar.
“We’ll open initially with additional safety procedures including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings to ensure customers and employees continue to stay healthy.
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“Our new social distance protocol allows for a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers. We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick-up.
“As local guidance varies around the US there may be slight modifications to our procedures. As always, our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and those working around the clock to treat, study and contain its spread”.
Apple has just six stores in the locations. The company is also taking steps to restore critical support and service functions at a handful of stores worldwide. This includes stores in Australia, Austria, Germany, and South Korea.
Apple will implement similar precautions it observed when stores reopened in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Its store employees will have their temperatures checked regularly and will have to wear face masks. Customers will be provided with face coverings and Apple says that the stores will focus on repairing products.
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