Apple to reopen some stores in U.S. starting next week

by Bryan Brammer · May 8th, 2020 3:55 pm

Apple announced Friday it will reopen some retail stores in four U.S. states starting next week.

"We're excited to begin reopening stores in the U.S. next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska," an Apple representative said in a statement.

Apple has two stores in both South Carolina and Alabama but did not reveal which ones would open. The Boise, Idaho, location will open Monday.

Apple said the store's primary focus will be on repairs and ensured that it will have safety precautions in place to protect employees and customers, including temperature checks, social distancing, and face masks for its workers.

"Our new social distance protocol allows for a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers. We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick up," Apple said.

? A majority of Apple's stores outside of China have been closed since March amid the coronavirus crisis. Over the last several weeks, retail stores in South Korea, Australia, and Germany have reopened.


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