According to the company, it will gradually reopen stores in the regions where this situation allows.
Apple closed all of its 42 stores in China in early February. Then, when the situation with COVID-19 in that country calmed down, the company restarted operations. But all the other 467 stores in other countries were shut down. Meanwhile, Apple continued to engage in online sales and even introduced new technology - the updated iPad Pro and MacBook Air.
And so the company plans to gradually begin to resume the activities of some retail outlets in the regions where it allows epidemiological to stop. It is expected that the first of them will start to open in the U.S. after April 5. The opening date for each store will be announced separately. Deidra O'Brien, Apple's vice president of Human Resources and Retail, told the press.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump proposed an opportunity to "open" the U.S. again by Easter, that is, by April 12. According to him, he fears that the cure could be worse than the disease, and too long a pure economy would have too serious consequences. It is vehemently opposed by the country's health authorities, who warn that the premature resumption of normal activities will lead to a new outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic, for which neither the people nor the medical institutions are ready.