Apple will reopen 25+ retail stores in the U.S. and 12 stores in Canada this week, says Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Those openings will bring the number of reopened Apple stores around the globe to nearly 100 locations.
The U.S. Apple stores set to reopen are in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Washington state.
In a letter to customers by Deirdre O’Brien on Sunday, Apple’s senior VP for retail and people said the company said it’s “focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room,” with a renewed emphasis on one-to-one service throughout each store.
In every store, we’re focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one, personalized service at the Genius Bar and throughout the store.
We’re also taking some additional steps in most places. Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.
Apple has so far reopened stores in China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia, and Switzerland as global COVID-19 lockdowns continue to ease.