The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant changes in the everyday schedule of many businesses. Since the stay at home order by many governments, many businesses have been working remotely. However, as the effect of the pandemic wears out, the business environment is returning to normal. Workers are returning back to the office gradually and stores are reopening. This is the current situation with Apple Stores in the U.S.
After months of staggered service and priority delivery, many local Apple Stores in the United States are returning to near-normal offline mode operations. This will be the first time since the release of the iPhone 12 series that we are having normal operations. This means that users can walk into the store and get the iPhone 12/Pro. However, there are still some stores that only accept online orders.
Since February 8, Apple retail stores in Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC have relaunched shopping links. The branches in Manhattan, Hawaii, and Maine continues to provide in-store service throughout the winter.
Apple Stores are opening gradually
As of February 12, there are 39 Apple Stores in the United States that provide online services. Assuming that the local health status remains stable, we can expect many local stores to return to normal activities. Apple retail stores that resume in-store shopping are generally in areas where COVID-19 infection is very low. In areas where there is a significant drop in the infection, its store services are getting back to normal. However, it is important to note that online shopping remains the safer choice.
Apple will also reopen a small number of stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas for the first time since mid-January. Most locations will initially only offer pickup for online orders, as all regions are still affected by the severe COVID-19 strain. Please note that Apple regularly evaluates health and safety conditions, thus its retail services may change at any time. Of Apple’s 270 retail stores in the United States, over 200 are open again.