From last Saturday until March 27, Apple will not open its Apple Store stores in the world outside Greater China. This is the company's response to a health problem caused by the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
In an official statement signed by Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, his decision has reason to confirm that "the most effective way to reduce the risk of transmission of this virus is to reduce cohesion and increase social distance."
And he continues: "As new rates of infection continue to grow elsewhere, we are taking additional steps to protect our team members and consumers."
The closure of all stores outside of China does not affect you
Those from Copertino submitted a statement on the night of March 13, coinciding with the opening of all Apple stores in Greater China. Cook wanted to express his "deep gratitude" to the Ch inese team for their "determination and spirit."
Apple closed its stores in February last year, in the same way that it did in Spain and Italy, the two countries most affected by the coronavirus. Two of its employees have already been tested for HIV.
One of the concerns about this problem is the effect it will have on the economy and employment. From Apple they want to reassure their employees on the hour by ensuring that they "continue to earn their wages in line with normal business performance."
The statement continues: "We have expanded our evacuation policies to suit COVID-19 personal and family health conditions, including illness recovery, caring for a sick loved one, solitary confinement, or challenges to care for children due to school closures."
The news comes shortly after it was known that the spring event this March would not be finally held WWDC 2020 it happens to be formatted only online, for the first time in its more than 30 years of history.