Apple Closes New York Stores Amid Rising Covid Cases
Apple closed its domestic stores at its retail outlets in New York on Monday due to a growing number of Covid-19 cases in the city.
However, for those who order online, there are no restrictions on picking up goods outside of these stores, the company’s website said on Monday.
The rapidly spreading omicron variant resulted in an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. How long the closure will take is unknown.
The move, which has affected 11 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island, does not mean a complete closure of stores, as the company has done in the past to slow the spread of the virus.
Apple closed all US retail locations in early 2020 in response to the initial wave of the coronavirus pandemic. After reopening, the company operated sanitary areas designated for customers and required employees to wear masks. His retail employees also had access to weekly home tests.
The company said two weeks ago that customers would have to wear masks when visiting retail stores. Previously, Apple only needed masks in mandatory regions. Earlier this month, Apple temporarily closed stores in Miami, Ottawa, Ontario, and Annapolis, Maryland, due to a growing number of cases.
"We regularly monitor conditions and adjust our health measures to support the well-being of our customers and employees," the company said in a statement on Monday. "We remain committed to a comprehensive approach to our teams, which combines routine testing with daily health checks, employee and customer coverages, deep cleaning, and paid medical leave."