Apple closes all physical retail stores due to coronavirus
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.