Apple closes stores to most customers in New York City due to surge in Covid cases

An worker places out an indication with Covid-19 pointers at an Apple retailer on December 28, 2021 in New York Metropolis.

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Apple closed its shops to indoor buyer visitors at its New York Metropolis retail areas Monday as a consequence of an increase in Covid-19 instances within the metropolis. However these ordering on-line aren’t restricted from selecting up merchandise outdoors these shops, the corporate website indicated Monday.

The response follows a spike in Covid-19 instances because of the quickly spreading omicron variant. It is not identified how lengthy the closures will final.

The transfer, which impacts 11 areas in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, does not quantity to a whole shuttering of shops like the corporate has accomplished prior to now to gradual the unfold of the virus.

Apple closed all of its U.S. retail areas in early 2020 in response to the preliminary wave of the coronavirus pandemic. After reopening, the corporate applied designated sanitation areas for patrons and requested workers to put on masks. Its retail workers even have had entry to weekly at-home checks.

However with the brand new, extra contagious variant of the virus, Apple is tightening its insurance policies. The corporate mentioned two weeks in the past prospects can be required to wear masks when visiting retail areas. Beforehand, Apple solely required masks in areas that imposed mandates.

Earlier this month, Apple temporarily closed shops in Miami, Ottawa, Ontario, and Annapolis, Md., as a consequence of rising instances.

“We commonly monitor situations and we’ll regulate our well being measures to help the well-being of consumers and workers,” the corporate mentioned in a press release Monday. “We stay dedicated to a complete method for our groups that mixes common testing with each day well being checks, worker and buyer masking, deep cleansing and paid sick depart.”

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