Apple store employees wearing masks talk to a customer through an open door at the Oculus shopping center amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 21, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to almost every country in the world, claiming the lives of more than 334,000 people with more than 5.1 million cases.
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Apple temporarily closed three stores on Wednesday as Covid cases increased across the country.
One store in Miami is closed through Thursday, one in Ontario, and another in Annapolis, Maryland is closed through Friday, according to Apple’s website.
The closures raise questions about the impact of the Covid pandemic on the holiday shopping season amid public health concerns about the impact of the Omicron variant, it seems. more conveyed.
“We regularly monitor conditions, and we will adjust our health measures to support the health of our customers and employees,” an Apple representative said in a statement. “We remain committed to taking a holistic approach to our teams, combining regular check-ins with daily wellness checks, masking staff and customers, deep cleaning and sick leave. paid.”
Apple said store employees will be performing Covid-19 tests before reopening, so whether these stores reopen as scheduled on the website will depend on conditions. of coronavirus. Apple retail employees have had access to the weekly at-home tests offered by the company since the beginning of this year.
Apple also announced yesterday that it will require masks for customers at all stores in the United States.
In addition to the store closures, Apple has adjusted individual store policies to meet regional conditions, including an emphasis on picking up customers through online purchases rather than in-store purchases. shops and increase social distance.
Apple closed all of its stores in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. All stores reopened earlier this year. Since then, Apple has at times closed individual stores because of the coronavirus, including one in Texas last week.
California, where Apple’s headquarters is located, has made it mandatory to wear masks indoors for a month.
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