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Update: Apple set to reopen nearly 100 stores worldwide

"The road back will have its twists and turns"

Update: Apple set to reopen nearly 100 stores worldwide

Update: Apple is set to reopen 25 more stores this week, taking the total number of locations that are open for business to nearly 100 worldwide.

The tech company will continue with its precautions across the various buildings, such as face coverings for staff and customers, temperature checks at the entrance and "posted health questions" for anyone with symptoms.

Apple will also conduct deep cleans on all surfaces, display products and will impost social distancing measures.

Certain Apple stores will only offer curb-side pick-ups and drop-offs, while online products can either be shipped to the buyer's home or opt for store pick-up.

"Limiting occupancy"

"In every store, we're focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one, personalised service at the Genius Bar and throughout the store," wrote Apple head of retail Deirdre O’Brien in a blog post.

"The response to COVID‑19 is still ongoing, and we recognise that the road back will have its twists and turns," she added.

"But whatever challenges lie ahead, Covid‑19 has only reinforced our faith in people - in our teams, in our customers, in our communities."

Original Story: Tech giant Apple is set to reopen various stores across the US this week.

As reported by Reuters, the American firm will reopen shops in Alabama, Idaho, Alaska and South Carolina following their closure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, to ensure the safety of staff and customers, new procedures will be put in place.

Any customers entering stores throughout these locations must wear a mask, with Apple providing them for consumers that do not have their own. All staff will also be required to wear masks too, alongside carrying out regular temperature checks at the premises.

Providing support

"Our team is constantly monitoring local health data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will," said Apple.

"With many working and learning from home, our primary focus will be providing service and support. We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick-up.”

Though stores across China have been shut, it hasn't stopped Apple from shipping 2.5 million iPhones in the country last month.

Furthermore, Apple has begun rolling out its App Store to 20 new countries in regions, including Africa and the Middle East.

Additional reporting by Matthew Forde


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