A customer leaves after seeing Apple’s new 5G iPhone 12, which went on sale on October 23, 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in an Apple store in Brooklyn, New York, picked up.
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All 270 Apple stores in the US are open on Monday, a company spokesman confirmed.
It’s the first time all U.S. stores have been open since Apple began closing stores last spring in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Apple reopened its last closed US locations in Texas on Monday.
The United States begins to emerge from lockdowns as the number of new cases falls and vaccines are distributed.
However, not all Apple Stores in the US are fully open for walkable customers to walk in and browse. Customers should check the Apple website before going to their store in case it is only for an appointment or if the service is otherwise restricted.
Last year, on March 13, Apple announced it would close all of its stores outside of China as the coronavirus pandemic began to worsen worldwide. At the time, closings were only planned until March 27, though it soon became clear that the closings would stretch for months.
Since that initial announcement, in response to the terms of Covid-19, Apple has reopened and closed locations around the world, often deciding to temporarily close a store before complying with official government restrictions.
In response to the pandemic, Apple experimented with new store services, including appointment-only service or shopping, and an “express pick-up” option that allows customers to get on and off quickly. Apple also called for masks in stores and implemented health and safety guidelines that included lower occupancy.
Worldwide, 12 Apple stores in France and two stores in Brazil are still closed. Two stores in Mexico will reopen on Tuesday.
9to5Mac first reported that all US Apple stores were open.
Apple had no problem selling its products while its stores were closed, especially through its online store that was open. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, recently said his vacation quarter could have been even bigger if his physical stores had been open.
Although the U.S. pandemic appears to be slowing and stores are reopening, the country is still seeing at least 67,300 new cases of Covid-19 and at least 2,010 deaths per day, according to a 7-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns University.
However, the pace of vaccinations being given across the country continues to pick up, raising hopes that business could return to normal later this year. According to the CDC, 49.8 million people have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.