Apple has been growing throughout the pandemic and was the first company to be worth 1 trillion dollars. As the biggest company they thrive to set an example. After Apple has announced they would be going more eco friendly with their operations they have now just shut down all stores in California due to the dramatic increase in cases.
The cases have gotten worse causing the availability of hospital beds in the state to drop to 2% on Saturday and as California counties break new records daily.
Apple has announced, ““Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple officials told The Chronicle in a statement Saturday. “We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”
Although they have not yet announced a day for when they will reopen we are guessing it will reopen once California leaves the purple tier. Currently, stores in general are allowed to operate at 20% during the shutdown, which applies to all of the state except the less populous Northern California region.
If you currently have an order do not worry. Apple says it may still be open for pickup for existing online orders, previously scheduled in-store Genius Support appointments, and previously reserved one-on-one shopping sessions with a specialist made through a specific date. However new appointments may not be open due to the closures. Apple is also doing no contact deliveries with their products. You are able to purchase them through the website.
With better restrictions everyone hopes for the cases to settle. With this many cases we wonder if we will ever return back to how we were just over a year ago. We hope that companies follow apple to some extent to help and limit the virus. This can keep workers as well as customers safe.
If you would like to see if a store near you is still open feel free to check here: https://www.apple.com/retail/