(Reuters) — Apple stated Friday it should reopen a handful of shops in 4 U.S. states beginning subsequent week, within the first resumption of bodily retail operations because the iPhone maker shuttered all U.S. shops in mid-March.
The firm stated it should open “some” shops in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and South Carolina. Apple has two shops in each South Carolina and Alabama however didn’t say which might open. Its Boise, Idaho location will open Monday, with others to observe later within the week.
Apple executives have stated they’re inspecting native well being information on the county and metropolis stage in every group the place the corporate has bodily shops to find out when to reopen. Apple has areas in a number of U.S. states, corresponding to Texas and Georgia, the place state guidelines would in idea permit it to reopen shops, but it surely has not but introduced plans to take action.
“Our team is constantly monitoring local health data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will,” Apple stated in an announcement.
In the 4 states the place Apple shops will reopen, new procedures shall be in place much like these in international locations corresponding to South Korea, Australia and Austria, the place shops have already reopened.
Customers and workers shall be required to bear temperature checks and put on masks earlier than coming into the shops, and Apple will present a masks if clients wouldn’t have their very own. Social-distancing guidelines will restrict the variety of clients within the retailer at one time, which Apple stated might create delays for walk-in clients.
“With many working and learning from home, our primary focus will be providing service and support,” Apple stated. “We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick-up.”
Apple will nonetheless have demonstration gadgets for purchasers to deal with within the retailer, however workers will clear them usually, and hand sanitizer dispensers shall be positioned in shops.
Apple earlier on Friday stated it might reopen shops in Germany. The firm began shuttering its China shops in January and reopened them by mid-March. Days later, Apple closed all shops exterior mainland China because the virus moved across the globe. Stores started reopening exterior the Greater China area in mid-April with its retailer in South Korea.