An worker places out an indication with Covid-19 pointers at an Apple retailer on December 28, 2021 in New York Metropolis.
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Apple closed its shops to indoor buyer visitors at its New York Metropolis retail places Monday attributable to an increase in Covid-19 instances within the metropolis. However these ordering on-line aren’t restricted from selecting up merchandise outdoors these shops, the corporate website indicated Monday.
The response follows a spike in Covid-19 instances as a result of quickly spreading omicron variant. It isn’t recognized how lengthy the closures will final.
The transfer, which impacts 11 places in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, would not quantity to a whole shuttering of shops like the corporate has finished up to now to gradual the unfold of the virus.
Apple closed all of its U.S. retail places in early 2020 in response to the preliminary wave of the coronavirus pandemic. After reopening, the corporate carried out designated sanitation areas for patrons and requested workers to put on masks. Its retail workers even have had entry to weekly at-home checks.
However with the brand new, extra contagious variant of the virus, Apple is tightening its insurance policies. The corporate mentioned two weeks in the past prospects can be required to put on masks when visiting retail places. Beforehand, Apple solely required masks in areas that imposed mandates.
Earlier this month, Apple briefly closed shops in Miami, Ottawa, Ontario, and Annapolis, Md., attributable to rising instances.
“We commonly monitor situations and we’ll alter our well being measures to help the well-being of shoppers and workers,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement Monday. “We stay dedicated to a complete method for our groups that mixes common testing with each day well being checks, worker and buyer masking, deep cleansing and paid sick go away.”