Apple has become one of the first retailers to start reopening its doors for business following months of closure during lockdown.
The iPhone maker will open 25 of its branded stores across the US this week and is “confident the environment is safe”.
While more than 80 per cent of the retailer’s 510 stores remain shut worldwide, it will open a further 12 stores in Canada and 10 in Italy, which is now largely emerging from lockdown, over the course of the week.
“We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long‑term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials,” Apple’s head of retail Deidre O’Brien said.
“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.”
Customers will be required to wear face masks while in-store, while employees will have to undergo temperature checks.
Social distancing will also be enforced, and only a certain number of customers will be allowed in-store at any one time.
“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”, O’Brien continued.