All Apple Stores Outside of China Closed
Apple has closed all retail locations outside of Greater China to slow the spread of COVID-19 through March 27.
CEO Tim Cook said in a statement,
First, I want to recognize Apple’s family in Greater China. Though the rate of infections has dramatically declined, we know COVID-19’s effects are still being strongly felt. I want to express my deep gratitude to our team in China for their determination and spirit. As of today, all of our stores in Greater China have reopened. I also want to thank our operations team and partners for their remarkable efforts to restore our supply chain. What we’ve learned together has helped us all develop the best practices that are assisting enormously in our global response.
One of those lessons is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance. As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we’re taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers.
Cook also said Apple has committed $15 million worldwide to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.