Apple announced Tuesday that it will close all its U.S. retail stores “until further notice” due to the coronavirus outbreak.
This indefinite closure noted atop the Apple.com website comes after the company had announced Friday that it was closing stores outside Greater Chinafor two weeks.
“The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’ transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” Apple CEO Tim Cook had said in a statement late Friday.
Cook had said its online stores will remain open, as well as the Apple Store app.
Workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business-as-usual operations, according to the post.
All Apple stores in Greater China have reopened as of March 13. The company began closing stores there as the virus spread. Cook also provided details about the company’s flexible work-remote arrangements, deep-cleaning procedures and new temperature and health checks.
Apple also said Friday that its annual developers conference held in June will shift online amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
Among some of Apple’s updates, Apple News recently launched a COVID-19 section, where users can find the latest verified reporting from various news outlets.
The company also said last month that it would not meet its quarterly revenue estimate.
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