U.S. Apple Stores to Remain Closed Until Early May

Apple today informed employees that its Apple retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then.

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In a memo to employees, excerpts of which were shared by Bloomberg, Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien said that Apple is "continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis" and that reopening decisions will be made on after "thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts."

For now, Apple's flexible work arrangements "will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May."

In Santa Clara County, where Apple Park, Infinite Loop, and many other corporate offices and retail stores are located, there is a shelter in place order that will remain in effect until May 3. It prevents all nonessential businesses from being open and requires employees to work from home. Apple's corporate offices will not be able to reopen until that order is lifted.

According to O'Brien, Apple is "working on options" to ensure that parents have the flexibility to adjust their schedules as necessary as many are also looking after children who are no longer able to school.

Apple had previously planned to begin reopening some stores in the first half of April, and that could still be the plan for some of its stores outside of the U.S. At the current time, all stores outside of China are closed and have been shuttered since March 14.

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Mr. Dee Avatar
56 months ago
At the end of the day, what COVID-19 tells us is, a lot of the things we have been concerned about, really does not matter. When the iPhone launched in 2007, it definitely changed the course of communication. But 5 years later, the success of the device and explosive growth of Apple couldn’t save its founder Steve Jobs. He had to leave it all behind. I remember reading a quote from someone when Steve was going through a rough period. Steve said to him in a room at Apple, what I want right now is a new body.

You could buy a maxed out iPhone 11 Pro Max or iPad Pro today, get COVID and not even live to open the box by the end of the week.

What I hope come out of this is more presence in the things that matter: your loved ones, your thoughts and dreams, experiencing each day like its your last instead of through a 5.8, 6.5, 12.9, 5.5 square.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
56 months ago
This whole thing is crazy. I remember celebrating New Years and this was not on my radar for 2020. Can someone wake me up when this is all done?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Steve686 Avatar
56 months ago
Very responsible taking the lead.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sanlitun Avatar
56 months ago
Nothing to be done about this. The thought of millions touching Apple store demo screens each day is horrifying.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
56 months ago
Good. I mean, why open the Apple stores in mid April, when the situation is worsening every single day. It’s better to reassess in a month from now, to find out where and how COVID-19 is continually expanding. One of the worst things Apple could do, is prematurely open their stores, and promote the spread further.

If we’re going to beat C/19 Collectively as a Community, sacrifices have to be made with certain ‘non-essential’ businesses remaining closed. That’s how it has to be until further notice.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freeangel1 Avatar
56 months ago
YIKES! not good for Apple but at least the employees at each of these stores are still being paid. unlike other businesses the let their employees go. 10 million and counting.
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