Apple is beginning to slowly reopen its retail stores around the globe. Apple is set to reopen its only store in Vienna, Austria today at 11:00 a.m. local time. It will reopen 21 of its 22 retail locations in Australia on Thursday, May 7.
Apple Kärntner Straße in Vienna will be open on a limited schedule, and like Apple’s other reopened store in South Korea, the focus will likely be on repairs and purchase pickups rather than standard shopping and browsing.
Apple will reopen 21 of its 22 retail locations in Australia on Thursday. The sole Australian store that will remain closed is the Apple Sydney store, which closed in January for major renovations. The renovations likely saw construction delays due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
All of Apple’s retail stores around the world, except those in Greater China and a single store in South Korea that reopened in April, have been closed since March 14.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said last week said that the iPhone maker would be reopening stores in Austria and Australia this week, and Apple’s single store in Vienna will be reopening on Tuesday, May 5.
Apple is planning to reopen stores on a city-by-city, county-by-county basis, and social distancing measures will be implemented. In the South Korea store, which has been open since mid-April, Apple has focused on order pickups and device repairs, rather than the usual browsing/shopping experience.
Apple will require temperature checks before customers are allowed to enter a store, and will limit the number of people allowed to enter the store at one time. In order to avoid delays caused by the above precautions, Apple recommends that customers buy items online for delivery or for in-store pickup when possible.