The world is going back to normal. How do we know? Stores are being reopened! As convenient as online shopping is, there are simply some things you need to touch and test for yourself before adding them to the basket. That includes expensive devices, like Apple products. Thankfully, Apple is reopening 100 stores across the US this week.
The rollout will take time, so expect to see some stores supporting only pick-up while others will put at your disposal all the usual services.
Is your local Apple store among them? It might be, if you’re located in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In New York, however, there will be only one store open for the time being, the one outside Rochester.
To know for sure, you should check your nearby store’s webpage where opening hours should be listed. Of course, call centers and chats are working as usual so if you’re confused, better place a call.
Before this week’s series of reopenings, Apple has welcomed clients in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, and South Carolina. Among the first shops to open were the ones in mainland China, as lockdown measures eased there earlier.
The rest of worldwide Apple stores will follow, as each country’s shelter-in-place orders lift.
Even now, though, Apple is maintaining rigorous safety measures to protect their employees and customers from COVID-19:
“We’re also taking some additional steps in most places. Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.”
Plus, expect stores to be relatively empty, in the sense that even if there will be a flood of customers, Apple staff will limit occupancy. This way, employees will also have the chance to focus more on one-on-one service at the Genius Bar.