Apple Reveals Plan for Reopening Stores Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Lizzy Buczak
May 18, 2020 - 3:59 pm

Apple just revealed its blueprint for how the company will open its stores once it is safe.

CNBC reported that the media mogul released guidelines written by the retail and human resources chief Deidre O’Brien.

Customers will have to do a temperature check and wear a mask before entering a store. If any person does not have a mask, Apple will give them one.

People will also have to be screened for other COVID-19 symptoms, like exhibiting a cough. Stores throughout the United States will limit its capacity, and employees will focus on “one-one-one, personalized service.”

A total of 271 locations closed down in mid-March following stay-at-home orders.

According to the company, they will begin a gradual reopening of stores starting with six in Alabama, Alaska, South Carolina, and Idaho.

CBS reports the following stores will be among the first to reopen:

- Boise Towne Square in Idaho (opened Monday)
- King Street, in Charleston, South Carolina (opening Wednesday at 10 a.m.)
- Bridge Street, in Huntsville, Alabama (opening Wednesday at 11 a.m.)
- The Summit, in Birmingham, Alabama (opening Wednesday at 11 a.m.)

Stores in highly populated states such as New York and California remain closed.

“We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week,” an Apple representative told CNBC. “Our team is constantly monitoring local health data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will.”

Apple notes that stores will primarily open to handle product repairs and item pick-ups. They continue to encourage making purchases online.

“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,” Apple said. “We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick up.”

Throughout the shutdown, Apple assured that all employees received regular paychecks, according to The Post.

Back in March, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a claim that he and his wife, Janet Wozniak, could be “patient zero” for the coronavirus in the US.

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