- Apple Inc. temporarily shut down at least eight retail stores in the U.S. and Canada over the past day as Covid-19 cases surged among the public and employees.
- Apple shuts down a retail store when 10% of staff test positive for Covid-19.
Apple Inc. temporarily shut down at least eight retail stores in the U.S. and Canada over the past day as Covid-19 cases surged among the public and employees.
Since Tuesday, Apple has closed the locations:
- The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach
- Dadeland in Miami
- Cumberland Mall in Atlanta
- Summit Mall in Ohio
- Lenox Square in Atlanta
- Highland Village in Houston
- Pheasant Lane in New Hampshire
- Sainte-Catherine in Montreal
In Cupertino, California, Apple shuts down a retail store when 10% of staff test positive for Covid-19.
Before the latest round, Apple shut and again opened eight additional locations, including Texas, Hawaii, Ohio, Maryland, and Ottawa. The closures typically lasted a few days. A ninth closed store – Lincoln Road in Miami Beach — remains shut. In August, Apple temporarily closed a Charleston, South Carolina.
“We monitor conditions, and we would adjust our health measures to support the well-being of customers and employees,” Apple stated. “We are committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines testing with daily health checks, deep cleaning, employee and customer masking, and paid sick leave.”
Apple has said that all its workers are tested regularly and that it only reopens stores once each employee is tested again.
As the omicron variant surged worldwide, Apple has started to limit occupancy inside its stores to promote social distancing. It has restored its mask mandate across U.S. stores and has again put in plexiglass dividers to save the employees.
At that time, Apple added an incentive to order the products online. On Wednesday, the firm rolled out free two-hour delivery for its products in “most metro areas.” The deal runs in December. 24. That shipping option typically costs $9.
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