Enlarge /. Customers and employees in an Apple store in the middle of the pandemic.
Apple opens 70 more stores in the U.S. and Canada after an ongoing back and forth that saw the company close, then reopen, and close again due to widespread protests and riots that followed the COVID-19 pandemic George Floyd's death took place.
It was an unprecedented mess for Apple's retail effort as customers, governments and employees focused on more critical issues than iPhones and MacBooks. The 70 stores that opened this week include locations in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Quebec.
Deirdre O & # 39; Brien, Apple's retail and human resources manager, wrote this note to employees, as quoted in 9to5Mac:
This week we will again serve customers in many other locations in the United States, including by arrangement in New York City, where we are proud to stand alongside the New Yorkers when they emerge from this incredibly difficult time. All businesses continue to practice additional steps for employee and customer health, including temperature testing, face covering, and social distancing. Since opening hours and services vary by location, we recommend that everyone look for more information on their local business website. Customers can also visit support by phone or chat.
We strive to reopen our stores in a very thoughtful way, with the health and safety of our customers and teams a top priority, and look forward to seeing our customers again soon.
Potential customers can use Apple's Find a Store tool on the website to verify that their stores are open.
It appears that the stores will adhere to the same restrictions that were introduced when the U.S. stores reopened about a month ago. Shops focus on one-off appointments and customers are subjected to temperature tests and must wear face masks. The surfaces in the shops are repeatedly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. Apple will limit total occupancy according to local guidelines.
Some stores only offer roadside pickup. In general, the reopening of the Apple Store in the U.S. is slower and later than in many other regions.