Apple seems to have notified its staff about the opening of stores after closures due to COVID-19. The stores may now be able to open after the first week of April worldwide depending on the situation of the country at the time.
The details were disclosed in a memo from Senior Vice President of People and Retail Deirdre O’Brien that was obtained by Bloomberg News. O’Brien states in the memo,
“For all of our retail stores outside of Greater China, we will reopen our stores on a staggered basis. At this time, we anticipate some stores may be able to open in the first half of April depending on the conditions in their community. We will provide updates for each store as soon as specific dates are established.”
A total of 458 retail Apple Stores outside of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were closed down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The stores were closed down to curb the spread of the virus. The 42 stores in China were also closed but have now reopened after the country has managed to get the virus under control.
Apple has also initiated remote work for its employees and has mentioned that the duration would now be extended after Apple’s global offices outside of China were closed down this month.
The memo further included details of remote working and flexible work arrangements,
“In all our offices outside of Greater China, we are extending flexible work arrangements for all team members -outside of those whose work requires them to be onsite, through at least April 5, which will then be reevaluated weekly depending on your location.”
The company has always put the health of its staff, customers and communities first. Apple was one of the first to shut down its stores worldwide due to the pandemic. It has also donated millions of masks to health-care professionals and given out huge donations.
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