Apple Stores in Beijing Reopening Tomorrow With Limited Hours, Other Chinese Stores Remain Closed

Apple has updated its website to indicate that all five of its retail stores in the Beijing area will be reopening February 14 with limited hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time until further notice, as noted by Reuters.

Apple has yet to announce reopening dates for its other stores in mainland China, which remain listed as closed through at least February 19 on its website due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. Apple began working toward re-opening its corporate offices and contact centers in the country earlier this week.

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The coronavirus outbreak has also impacted Apple's suppliers, including its largest manufacturing partner Foxconn, which is reportedly in the process of resuming operations at its factories across China.

There remains a lot of uncertainty regarding the coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in extended shipping estimates for some Apple products and could impact the company's overall sales. Apple operates over 40 stores in China, which represents less than 10 percent of its retail locations worldwide.

Apple recently provided its retail stores, authorized service providers, and carrier partners with an enhanced cleaning guide that recommends that demo Apple products be cleaned at least twice per day. The document, shared with MacRumors, contains best practices for using microfiber cloths as well as hand washing tips for employees.

Top Rated Comments

W.O.P.R. Avatar
55 months ago

I've heard it can live up to 3 days on surfaces.
Good thing this is an Apple Store and not a Microsoft Store then. *Rimshot*
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StralyanPithecus Avatar
55 months ago
Coronavirus: Feeling cute today, maybe I will infect you later but not between 11 am and 6 pm.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Banglazed Avatar
55 months ago

Considering this virus can live in the air and surfaces, I would be wary to ever use any demo devices in these stores.
Like any type of flu virus, it’s only transmitted via air droplets from either coughing or sneezing and normally doesn’t survive outside the body for more than a few hours. You won’t get sick if you received a package from China in Dec. However, it’s still important to maintain good hygiene and disinfect surfaces as a precaution.
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Banglazed Avatar
55 months ago

I've heard it can live up to 3 days on surfaces.
New study shows it can live up to 9 days on surface. However, it’s possible some virus and bacteria can live up to a month on surface.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/02/09/scientists-predict-coronavirus-may-live-for-up-to-nine-days-on-surfaces/amp/
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barkomatic Avatar
55 months ago
I'm not sure if these re-openings are because the virus is getting under control or because the damage to the Chinese economy is now considered the greater threat.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Itada Avatar
55 months ago

Good thing this is an Apple Store and not a Microsoft Store then. *Rimshot*
You can all stop posting now, this ^ is clearly going to be the best post of this thread.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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