Apple closes more stores due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Apple closes more stores due to rise in COVID 19 cases

A bunch of Apple Stores across the US and Canada can’t cater for last-minute holiday shopping. according to Bloomberg, the temporary tech giant closed eight locations due to an increase in COVID-19 cases both among the general public and among its employees. Apple typically closes a retail store if about 10 percent of its employees had been positive for COVID-19, the news agency said.

The following places have been closed since Tuesday:

  • Dadeland in Miami

  • The mall of gardens on Palm beach

  • Lenox Square in Atlanta

  • Cumberland Mall in Atlanta

  • Highland Village in Houston

  • Summit Mall in Ohio

  • Pheasant Lane in New Hampshire

  • Sainte-Catherine in Montreal

The company also closed stores in Hawaii, Maryland, Ohio, Ottawa (Canada) and Texas earlier this month, though it only lasted for a few days. One of its outlets in Miami, however, remains closed. The company said Bloomberg in a statement: "We will constantly monitor conditions, and change our health measures to support the well-being of customers and employees. We remain committed to a holistic approach to our teams. combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee and customer shelter, deep cleansing and paid sick leave. "

Perhaps in an effort to persuade people to shop online instead, Apple is offering customers "free two-hour courier delivery on relevant in-stock items." The offer does not apply to “Custom Mac, engraved products and ... certain types of orders including orders paid for by financing or by bank transfer.” But as long as the deserved and available product - it's the holidays and companies are still struggling with parts shortages, so access may be limited - buyers can deliver their orders for free if they order before 12PM on December 24th.

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Apple had taken further steps earlier this month following the rise in issues and the emergence of the Omicron variant. They had chosen to delay the plans to return to their office, which was slated to launch in February, and reinstated mask requirements across all U.S. stores.

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