Apple has reportedly closed 16 retail locations across New York due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the city. According to Bloomberg, customers will not be able to walk-in and buy products, but they can place orders online and pick up items instead.
Apple has not simply closed stores in New York, New York. The large tech company has also shut down stores in California, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Furthermore, the company has also announced that it will not have employees return to the office in February as they previously hoped to.
“We regularly monitor conditions and we will adjust our health measures to support the wellbeing of customers and employees,“ the company shared in a statement obtained byThe Hill.
”We remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee and customer masking, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.”
Prior to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, Apple had attempted to bring employees back to the office in June and September as well. Each time, the COVID-19 pandemic thwarted their plans. With the introduction of the omicron variant of COVID-19 cases, it is unclear when Apple will set a new timeline to reopen retail locations or bring employees back to the office.