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Apple plans to reopen several retail stores across the world this May


Agence France-Presse

 /  Tue, May 5, 2020  /  01:02 pm
Apple plans to reopen several retail stores across the world this May

A woman wearing a protective facemask walks outside of a closed-off Apple Store in Beijing on February 3, 2020. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

Over the weekend, Bloomberg reported that Apple’s CEO confirmed that the company has plans to reopen all its retail stores in Austria and Australia and “just a few” in the United States.

In response to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Apple shut down their retail locations a few months ago to reduce the spread of the virus; however, Bloomberg reported late last week that the company’s CEO Tim Cook has stated that stores in Austria and Australia will be reopened this month; in the US, “just a few, not a large number” will open within the next couple weeks.

In fact, he confirmed that Apple is “going to look at the data and make a decision city by city, county by county, depending on the circumstances in that particular place.”

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All retail locations outside China, which total 458, have been closed since March except for South Korea’s only one.

As for the company’s Cupertino campus, reopening will not take place until at least June; when people finally do return, it will be done on a staggered basis and practices like temperature checks, social distancing and mask requirements will likely be compulsory. 

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