Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Apple has closed many of its retail stores around the world. Only in June 2021, all Apple stores around the world opened simultaneously for the first time in 75 weeks, but now the company has again decided to close some of its stores in the United States and Canada due to the new alternative. 19.
As reported by Bloomberg, Apple has temporarily closed its stores in Miami, Maryland and Ottawa in response to the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The news comes a day after the company reauthorized masks at all of its US retail stores.
Apple Inc. closed. Three retail stores are temporarily suspended in the United States and Canada after a sharp rise in cases and employee exposure to Covid-19, the latest sign that a resurgence of the virus threatens retail operations just before Christmas.
The company said all employees will be tested for Covid-19 before stores reopen and that it will remain in contact with affected workers. Store closures due to an increase in internal Covid cases usually last a few days.
Earlier this month, the company had already closed an Apple Store in Texas due to the COVID-19 outbreak among employees. The new Omicron variant now accounts for 3% of COVID-19 cases in the US, which certainly raises new concerns for Apple and other companies.
It’s not yet clear if Apple plans to close more stores around the world, but that seems very likely given the spread of COVID-19 variants.
Now on @TheTerminal: Apple is closing three stores due to a spike in Covid-19 cases and employee exposure: Brickell in Miami, Annapolis, Maryland, and Rideau Street in Ottawa.
– Mark Gorman (@markgurman) December 15, 2021
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