Apple has announced that they plan to open 25 more U.S. retail stores this week. In addition, the tech giant will open 12 stores in Canada and 10 stores in Italy this week. The amount of service will vary by store. Some locations will only offer curbside assistance, while others will allow customers to pick up items inside the store.
“Our commitment is to only move forward with a reopening once we’re confident we can safely return to serving customers from our stores,” Apple Senior Vice President of Retail + People Deirdre O’Brien said.
“We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long?term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into — and a store opening in no way means that we won’t take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant,” she added.
Despite opening up a number of locations in North American Europe, more than 80% of worldwide retail locations will remain closed. The company will continue to take precautions amid the COVID-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future.