Apple announced it will close all its retail stores outside Greater China until March 27 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’ transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement late Friday.
Cook 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.
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All Apple stores in Greater China have reopened as of Friday. 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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