As we all know, COVID-19 has shut off most of retail stores all around the world, including Apple Stores. These were scheduled to open this week on Friday, March 27, but as the government-issued lockdowns, this statement was changed to “until further notice”.
But the storm may be calming down. An internal memo sent to Apple retail employees, and subsequently leaked by the website VentureBeat announced that some of stores will be returning to regular labor in the first weeks or April.
At least in America, some of the stores seem to be scheduled to open again at a slow rhythm, instead of all at once. This might seem like a strategic measure to get the employees to return to work in states where the restrictions are being lifted progressively.
Deidre O’Brien, retail and people chief at Apple, stated in the same memo that the remote-work policies that were planned until April 5th were under consideration to be shorter, with employees returning to work at a slow pace.
Apple Park, on the other hand, will most likely stay closed until further notice, as the California Government has enforced harsher measures to avoid contact and the spread of the virus. The only alternative to this will be remote-work, which still appears to be in force in most of the country.
Of course, this is just up in the air for the time being, as no official confirmation has been made by Apple. But, with all the misinformation and panic spreading in our society today, we should value the lives of all workers and retail employees over the products we want to buy.
Anyway, what’s your take on all this? Do you think Apple should re-open their stores on April, or should they wait more time? Tell us your opinion down below.
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