What you need to know
- Apple is closing all of its retail stores until March 27.
- The unprecedented move is in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- All of its workers will continue to receive pay.
Apple has announced it will close all of its retail stores worldwide for two weeks until March 27.
In a press release (opens in new tab) Apple said:
The news is, of course, a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which Apple said "is affecting every one of us". Apple said the global effort to protect the most vulnerable "requires all of our care and all of our participation."
Apple has also donated more than $15 million to the global response and is matching employee donations two-to-one.
All of Apple's hourly workers will receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations, and leave policies have been expanded to accommodate anyone with personal or family health problems caused by the virus.
Yesterday, Apple announced that its WWDC 2020 conference would take place in June in an all-new online format.
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
So I guess the virus is going to magically disappear on the 27th?
No Danny Boy, I don't think so. Just a company doing the proper thing. They will review the situation at that time.
Doing the proper thing would be closing the store until the virus starts diminishing. The situation on the 27th is that the virus is going to have spread to a lot more people
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