Apple Stores throughout the world (except in Greater China) will remain shut until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has taken this drastic step after weeks of the deadly virus outbreak. The pandemic has also affected the company’s production and launch schedules.
After shutting down offices and stores in Greater China, and then reopening them, the iPhone maker has decided to shut down all its retail stores across the globe. The company announced this decision on its website’s home page. However, the message only appears through a banner on its US website.
Apple’s retail stores will remain closed for two weeks to cut down the spread of Coronavirus. Following the closure of its physical stores, the company updated its website with FAQs and answering critical questions related to what its customers can do when their devices break or when they need to get them repaired.
The US government had advised yesterday that more than ten people shouldn’t gather in one place so that the virus doesn’t spread further. Apple’s decision to close its stores is being seen as a response to the government’s announcements. Apple said that it would continue to pay its hourly workers during these times.
The Cupertino-based tech giant will also allow extended leaves to accommodate for personal and family-related COVID-19 health circumstances. The company will allow its employees to take a leave when they’re diagnosed with COVID-19, caring for a family member who is diagnosed, mandatory quarantining, or childcare.
Apple has started directing some of its employees to work from home. Still, it is being reported that work from home experiences haven’t been efficient due to the secrecy it maintains around its products. The company was meant to unveil the next-generation low-cost iPhone later this month, but the launch was canceled.[Via 9To5Mac]