Apple reopens retail store following 2-week closure due to COVID19 outbreak amongst staff

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Update, October 12th: Store Reopens

Apple has reopened its Trafford Centre Apple Store after closing for exactly two weeks due to staff members testing positive for COVID19. Apple’s page for the store now shows it open, following Apple’s internationally applied precautionary measures for its retail stores including mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing.

Originally Published on September 29th

“Out of an abundance of caution,” Apple has closed its Manchester Trafford Centre Apple Store after a retail staff had become “affected” by COVID19, as Manchester Evening News reports:

Apple has temporarily closed its Trafford Centre store after members of staff were affected by coronavirus.

The tech giant has shut the branch until further notice ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

A spokesman said Covid-19 had ‘affected some team members’ but declined to confirm if anyone had tested positive for the virus.

While Apple declined to confirm if a member had tested positive, a source has confirmed to iMore that at least one staff member had contracted the virus. However, even with one positive case and the nature of the virus, other staff members could have possibly inadvertently gotten infected.

We always put the health and wellbeing of our customers and teams above everything else and our stores are only open when we’re confident we can serve customers in a safe and healthy environment. Out of an abundance of caution we’re temporarily closing our Trafford Centre store after COVID-19 has affected some team members. We look forward to reopening the store soon.”

Apple Spokesperson

The store will remain closed until October 6th.

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