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Apple closes all physical retail stores due to coronavirus

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In response to the growing spread of the novel coronavirus, Apple has decided to close all of its retail stores. Additionally, the company will allow office and corporate workers to pursue "flexible work arrangements." Apple has joined a growing list of companies that have drastically altered their business models in response to COVID-19.
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Amidst the growing spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), many companies have started shutting down retail locations. Apple has joined that pack, announcing on its website that all of its retail stores will be closed until March 27.

The decision comes as an effort to combat the increasing number of coronavirus infections. The disease has seized much of the world, particularly the United States and the European Union, in a vice of panic. Several major events have been cancelled as a result, and many retailers are closing physical locations or reducing store hours to protect both employees and customers from exposure to the virus.

Apple will still operate its online store, which offers “fast and free delivery” through both its website and Apple Store app. Apple hasn’t offered any guidance for those that need services or repairs that cannot be done remotely. 

In addition to its retail stores, Apple is also moving to “flexible work arrangements” for its office and corporate workers globally. To its credit, Apple will continue to pay hourly workers on a “business as usual” structure, answering a primary concern for those who have lost their sole source of income due to closures and quarantines. 

What do you think of Apple’s store closures? Is this an irrational response, or is it a necessary decision? Let us know in the comments.

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Sam Medley, 2020-03-17 (Update: 2020-03-17)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.