Apple will close all retail stores outside of China until late March

Apple has revealed particulars on how it’s responding to the continuing coronavirus outbreaks which have popped up world wide. In a press release on Friday, the corporate stated that its donations to assist assist the worldwide response to the virus have reached $15 million globally. As nicely, the corporate detailed plans to close all of its retail stores outside of the Better China area until later this month in an effort to curb the unfold of the virus.

In its announcement on Friday, Apple stated that all of its stores reopened within the Better China space following a lower in coronavirus instances within the nation. Nevertheless, the identical virus has now unfold into different nations the place instances proceed to climb. Because of this, Apple says that its retail stores outside of Better China will close until March 27.

The web retailer will stay open, nevertheless, and Apple says that its Help web site will additionally nonetheless be out there for present clients. Past that, Apple says that its places of work outside of the Better China area are transitioning to extra ‘flexible work arrangements,’ together with remotely working from residence.

Apple has been performing ‘extensive, deep cleaning’ at its places of work, one thing that received’t be altering. As nicely, Apple says that it’s rolling out temperature checks and well being screenings at its places of work to observe for doubtlessly sick workers.

The corporate’s hourly employees will proceed to obtain their pay and its go away insurance policies have been expanded to cowl sure situations brought on by the virus, reminiscent of having to take care of youngsters throughout faculty closures. Lastly, Apple Information is now providing a brand new COVID-19 part that aggregrates information particularly concerning the illness and outbreaks.

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