Apple Temporarily Closing All Retail Locations Outside of China
Monday, March 16, 2020
After announcing the WWDC would be online only due to (COVID-19).
After announcing that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference would be postponed until June 2020 and held exclusively online due to the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concern, Apple has announced that it will be closing all of its worldwide retail locations outside of Greater China until March 27. This news comes after Apple recently reopened 42 stores in China earlier in the week.
CEO Tim Cook revealed the company’s plan through an official statement late last night titled Apple’s COVID-19 Response. “The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us. At Apple, we are people first, and we do what we do with the belief that technology can change lives and the hope that it can be a valuable tool in a moment like this,” the statement read. Cook went on to thank the China response team for laying the foundation that led to the re-opening of the region’s stores. “One of those lessons is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance. As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we’re taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers.”
Cook also announced that the company would continue to donate to the worldwide effort to lessen the effect of the pandemic after already giving $15 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Apple’s online store and customer service portal will remain open. Stay tuned for more details.
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