What you need to know
- Deirdre O'Brien has told Apple's China employees that a decision will be made regarding reopening its Apple stores next week.
- Apple previously closed all of its China operations until at least February 9.
- In the meantime, Apple's Corporate Offices and Contact Centers look set to reopen.
A message sent to Apple employees in China seems to suggest that a decision on whether to reopen Apple's China retail stores will be made next week.
According to MacGeneration, Deirdre O'Brien sent a letter to employees stating:
With regards to Retail stores she said:
Currently, store websites note that they will be closed until February 9, with plans to reopen on February 10.
With the date for reopening set to be "determined next week", this could well signal that Apple plans to keep its stores closed for longer than initially planned. O'Brien concluded by saying:
The news closely follows the revelation that Foxconn employees in Apple's Shenzhen iPhone factory have been told not to return to work on February 10 over concerns about coronavirus.
The situation remains highly fluid in the nation.
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