Apple will start to reopen a small number of Apple Stores that had been reclosed due to COVID19 as soon as the end of August, Bloomberg reports. Per the report:
Apple Inc. plans to start reopening U.S. retail stores that had been closed over the past several weeks due to local Covid-19 spikes, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is slated to open a small number of stores as soon as the end of August, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous discussing plans that haven’t been made public. In most cases, the stores will operate on an appointment-only basis for the immediate future, the people said.
Apple in March closed all of its retail stores in the US, a total of 270 locations as COVID19 began to experience mass community transmission. In May, as states amid pressure from President Trump started to reopen and ease lockdown restrictions, so did Apple.
As Apple reopens stores, it is taking higher measures. Before you enter your temperature is checked, social distancing is in place and masks are required inside the stores. Given the store closures Apple has reassigned some retail staffers to online customer or technical support agents, but in the midst of stores reopening, it has told employees they may be reassigned back to retail.