Coronavirus forces cancellation of all Today At Apple sessions in Italy

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What you need to know

  • Apple has cancelled all of its Today At Apple sessions throughout Italy.
  • None of its 17 stores will hold events until at least March 19.
  • The stores appear to be staying open for Genius Bar appointments and customers, save for the closure of the Oriocenter store in Bergamo this weekend.

Apple has cancelled its Today At Apple sessions throughout Italy, as the country continues to suffer through the coronavirus outbreak.

Twitter user @setteBIT first spotted that Apple seems to have cancelled Today At Apple sessions in its Italian stores until at least March 19. iMore can confirm that no Italian Apple stores are currently offering sessions. A website note simply states: "Unfortunately there are no scheduled sessions here. Try selecting an Apple Store."

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At the time of writing, all but one of Apple's Italy stores remain open as usual. Apple will close its Oriocenter store in Bergamo this weekend. All other stores at this time appear to be accepting appointments for their Genius Bars and will remain open to customers.

One confusing factor is that regional authorities in the Lombardy area had said that non-food stores inside shopping malls would have to close this weekend due to fears about the outbreak, as they did last weekend, however, Apple's three other mall stores in the region are currently showing that they're open for business as usual. (The malls themselves have also declared that they will be open) Apple's Piazza Liberty store in Milan is not a mall location.

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So to recap; Apple's Oriocenter store in Bergamo is definitely closed this weekend. Furthermore, Apple has cancelled Today At Apple sessions across all of its Italy stores until at least March 19. In the Lombardy region specifically, the situation is less clear due to stipulations about closures in malls. Apple's store websites for its Carosello, Fiordaliso and Apple iL Leone stores currently state they will be open this weekend. As the situation remains developing, you should definitely check out store websites before visiting.

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

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. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9