Apple is closing all Apple store locations outside that of Greater China in an attempt to counter the affects that have been posed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news comes from the company’s CEO in Tim Cook.
Such stores will be subject to being closed until the 27th of March. The CEO further went on to reveal that while customers will not have the luxury of a physical shop at their disposal, they will be able to continue to shop on the company’s website. Moreover he continued by claiming that the Apple support page will also continue to be operational for service as well as troubleshooting.
The company has also shown a great amount of courtesy for all the people that it employs. Indeed it has been revealed by the statement in itself that hourly retail workers will continue to be paid their typical hours and also that the company’s leave policies have been extended to cover time off that was needed in order to recover from the Coronavirus. Much similar to the suite followed all across the globe, the company’s office employees will be working remotely.
Tim Cook has been noted to have said : “We know our users depend on Apple products all the time. We’re bringing the same creativity and passion to meeting this challenge that we do in everything else we undertake.”
Apple has also been noted to introduce new resources as well as livestream to counter the foundation laid upon by the Coronavirus. Indeed Apple news now features with a dedicated COVID-19 section in order to make sure that users stay up to date on the latest updates that surround the virus.
The closure or retails stores is amongst the long range of precautions that the company has set its eyes on to follow in order to contain the spread of the virus.