This is how Apple will keep people safe when reopening Apple Stores

Seoul Apple Store Lineup
Seoul Apple Store Lineup (Image credit: @dkfilms_)

What you need to know

  • Apple has reopened its Seoul store.
  • There are measures in place to ensure customers and team members are safe.
  • This is the first store outside Greater China to reopen after coronavirus.

Apple has reopened its first store outside of Greater China following the coronavirus outbreak. Seoul, South Korea was the store chosen and we're starting to learn about some of the steps put into place to ensure everyone stays safe.

Twitter user @dkfilms_ shared photos of some of the methods that are being employed, with customers being told to remain at a safe distance from one another. Employees are also reportedly only allowing a limited number of people into the store at any one time.

Employees are also said to be measuring the temperature of people entering the store, with those who have higher-than-normal temperatures prevented from going inside.

Customers with coughs or trouble breathing are also forbidden from entering according to tweets retweeted by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

It's likely that Apple will follow similar methods when reopening other international Apple Stores in the future, although there's currently no indication when that might happen. Apple took the decision to close Apple Stores to help aid social distancing and that is unlikely to be reversed until the pandemic is deemed to be under control in specific regions.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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  • It's nice of them and all to limit the number inside the store, however the large crowd clumped together negates that effect.
  • "Customers with coughs or trouble breathing are also forbidden from entering" What if you're a smoker and you cough regularly? This is going to be like drunk people acting normal to get into a nightclub. People will be uncomfortably holding in coughs to get in. Sounds like a terrible idea to be honest, if you're going to have these draconian measures you might as well just keep the store closed
  • We need these "draconian measures" right now. That's the issue. Fine and dandy to let only x number of people inside but look at the lack of social distancing outside. Smdh. And anyone who thinks it's a lie, farce etc. Take the numbers from NYC and Toronto.
  • People can have Apple products delivered, it might as well stay closed, people aren't going to follow these measures. Is the Apple Store staff going to stand with you for 10 minutes to see if you cough or appear to have trouble breathing? If these measures are in place then it's clear to see that the store shouldn't be open.
  • Agreed 100000000000000000% Danny. Agreed!