Apple has decided to temporarily close a number of its just-reopened Apple Store locations across the United States on Sunday, as a measure to protect its retail employees from looters taking advantage of the ongoing George Floyd protests.
Apple has revealed it will be reopening more of its retail outlets in the United States this week, with the latest wave of Apple Store openings anticipated to include around 100 locations across the country.
More Apple Stores closed as a COVID-19 precaution will reopen this week, Apple has confirmed, with 25 locations in the United States and 12 in Canada set to start accepting customers to some extent in the next few days.
Apple has published details of how it intends to open up its stores to the public in a letter from retail chief Deirdre O'Brien, one that explains the iPhone maker's approach to reopening its stores and some of the extra measures its retail outlets will take in a few locations.
The same sources who were wildly wrong about Apple's inability to sell iPhone X were also way off base earlier this year in fantasizing dire impacts COVID-19 would have on Apple's global supply chain, its presence in China, and the effect that retail closures and an economic downturn would have on the demand for Apple's products.
Best Buy is reducing its store services in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, with the major third-party Apple retailer moving to offering curbside service at all of its stores, with customers prevented from entering any of its US stores on a temporary basis.
Apple in an internal video to employees on Monday outlined upcoming plans for its retail stores, saying that May will likely see the reopening of "many more" brick-and-mortar locations that are currently closed due to COVID-19.
Apple on Friday announced plans to shutter all retail operations in Spain starting this weekend, the latest in a string of country-wide closures prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A U.S. store in Pennsylvania has also closed on orders from the state's governor.
Apple is closing all the Apple Store locations across Italy as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus, with all of the retail locations to be closed on Thursday and extending for an unknown period of time.
Beyond just closing all of its retail stores in Italy, Apple is escalating the special measures it is taking to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including retail staff minimizing physical contact with customers and removing half of the available seating.