Apple will close all businesses outside of China by March 27 to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, said CEO Tim Cook.
Cook said the company learned from steps in China, where the technology giant has just reopened its retail stores.
"One of these lessons is that the most effective way to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus is to reduce density and maximize social distance," he said in a late Friday statement.
"As the rate of new infections continues to increase in other locations, we are taking additional measures to protect our team members and customers."
Apple's online store would remain open, but office workers outside of China would work remotely, if possible, Cook added.
The California-based company has approximately 500 stores in 24 countries worldwide.
Despite the closings, Cook said hourly workers would continue to be paid as usual.
The CEO said Apple has expanded its vacation policy "to take into account the personal or family health conditions created by COVID-19," including care for a sick relative, mandatory quarantine, or childcare due to school closings.
Apple has also donated $ 15 million to help fight the pandemic, and the two will pool employee donations.
"The global spread of COVID-19 affects everyone of us," said Cook.
He finished his statement and thanked "the heroic first responders, doctors, nurses, researchers, public health experts and officials" around the world who were fighting the pandemic.
All 42 Apple stores in China have been reopening since the closing on February 1, as the epidemic quickly spread there.
Shops have gradually started up again in the past few days, and the last ones reopened on Friday as China is slowly starting to operate again.
Mass quarantines had forced factories to shut down and close shops.
Apple, which relies on components from Chinese suppliers and has a large market in China, has been hammered on both fronts.
Last month, Apple announced that its second-quarter sales forecast would be missed and global iPhone shipments would decrease as a result of the epidemic.
The company had forecast sales of $ 63 billion to $ 67 billion in January through March, but did not disclose how much expected revenue would decrease.