The March 13 Apple chose to to close all his Apple Store to the world, except those in China, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. While some regions of the world are starting to loosen lockdown measures and the spread of coronavirus seems to be slowing down, Apple is starting to reopen their stores with additional security procedures and a new social distance protocol. In the United States, each state can decide autonomously when to re-open commercial activities, as well as in Europe where some Apple Stores are already operational while others will be operational in the coming weeks.
Apple Store: roadmap of openings
Despite the spread of the coronavirus and the economic crisis Apple didn't stop, in recent months the new iPhone SE, iPad Pro 2020 and the new MacBook Air have been made official, all products that can be purchased online on the official website, given the closing of the shops.
Currently gods 510 shops to the world alone 95 they reopened. The Cupertino company monitors local health data and government recommendations to determine when to safely reopen individual store locations. The safety procedures they may vary slightly from one shop to another according to local policies. In Europe Apple Stores are already reopened in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, while it seems they will reopen next week in Italy too.
Now that's also in Italy it appears that the peak of the epidemic has passed and the more restrictive lockdown measures will be relaxed, Apple is studying how reopen its stores. Obviously to access the shop will be mandatory to wear mask and gloves and respect the safety distances. We do not yet know what other Apple measures to consider, some could be: the need to make an appointment online before physically going to the store, or the request to enter only once.
It is expected that, if the health situation permits, reopening announcements will continue throughout the world throughout the month of May and June. Despite this positive trend, the American company still encourages its customers to shop online on the official Apple website: www.apple.com