Today’s article is focused on the Apple stores being closed worldwide due to Covid 19 except China. But before we dive into that, let me brief you on the COVID-19.
It’s no longer a piece of news that the COVID-19, popularly known as the Coronavirus is out since and has killed a huge number of people in some countries. The coronavirus has indeed, put so many fears and worries in the minds of people making them very careful and unrelaxed. Especially in China where it originated from.
According to W.H.O. (World Health Organization), 7,019 people have died globally from the illness (COVID-19). And 173,000 people have been infected with the illness in at least 140 countries.
How the COVID-19 spread to humans has remained unclear. Though, some reports have traced the earliest case back to the seafood market in Wuhan, China. It is possible that the virus must have been transmitted by bats to other animals in the market. It must have been from there that the SARS-CoV-2 begin its spread to humans.
How it spreads and the symptoms
When someone with coronavirus (COVID-19) coughs or sneezes and the tiny droplets that come out from the nostrils or mouth touches your hand pr any part of your body, then there is no doubt that you will also contract the virus. That’s why you are advised to always wash your hands with soap and water and avoid close contact with a suspected patient.
If you are infected with the virus, always cover your mouth while sneezing and coughing to avoid the droplets from falling. Most importantly, wear a face mask and stay indoors to avoid the infection from spreading.
Note also that, when the droplets from the infected person’s mouth or nostril enter the mouth of a non-infected person. Then, there is no doubt that the person is likely to be infected.
The symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, persistent coughing, pneumonia-like symptoms, difficulties in breathing, in most cases, organ failure, runny nose, and sore throat. It was also confirmed that if you see signs like inability to arouse, sky-colored lips or face. Then you should contact your doctor and get immediate medical attention.
How do I prevent the virus?
To prevent the virus from getting to you, I will advise you to avoid close contact with the person infected.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and apply sanitizers to your hands (sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol). Note, avoid touching your face and mouth with your hands not until your hands are properly washed with soap and water and sanitized.
Now, let’s dive into the main topic:
Apple Stores are Closed worldwide due to COVID-19 excluding China
Apple has announced all apple stores are closed worldwide on the 27th of March, excluding China. And that the company will sell online instead.
The move began in Italy. All stores in Italy were being shut down due to the fear of the COVID-19 which has been spreading so very fast in Italy. This was not long after it was announced that the Apple stores in Spain would also be shut down. Though, it has now been extended to cover all the Apple retail stores worldwide.
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook said in a statement that “The most effective way to minimize the risk of the virus’ transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance”. And also, “As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we’re taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers”.
Going back to January, Apple announced on an earnings call that it was shutting down only one of its stores. And cutting down the operating hours at other locations. Nevertheless, by mid-February, all stores in China had officially been shut down.
Tim Cook also went deep into history to describe the scale of the coronavirus challenge. And he quoted Abraham Lincoln’s statement which says: “The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew”.
Though, Tim Cook made it clear that Employees that are affected by the shut down of these stores will continue receiving their pay. “in alignment with the business as usual operations”.
It was said that those working in corporate offices can work isolated. The Company is also enforcing temperature checks and health screenings.
According to TechCrunch, an Apple Store employee in Santa Monica was tested positive for COVID-19. Though, the employee had been on leave since the 2nd of March and had not been in store during that time.
Apple’s response to COVID-19
Rumors still came in that some stores will be partially opened to allow customers to pick up previously ordered items. Despite Apple’s announcement that the stores will be shut down
Before Apple announced the closing of Apple stores, he tried minimizing the crowd entering its stores. According to MacRumors. Apple has also suspended its online training seminars for authorized technicians. Which is very unusual following that it is an online session, not a gathering session.
Apple has also sent out a memo to Apple Authorized Service Providers. In the memo, he made it clear to them that they will receive “maximum payouts” for all qualifying product repairs for the months of March and April. Not regarding performance metrics so as to ensure that they are supported financially during the pandemic.
Apple has donated $15 million to the global COVID-19 response worldwide. And will also be matching employee donations two-to-one to support relentless COVID-19 response efforts at all levels.