Apple, the renowned US-based tech giant, has reportedly announced its plan to open almost all of its retail stores in Australia on May 7, 2020. The stores were closed for over a month due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The tech giant, in March, had also closed all its 458 retail stores outside greater China in an attempt to stop the faster spread of COVID-19.
The company has kept its online stores open for sales; however, consumers were unable to visit the brick and mortar Apple stores to get help with their phones or when they required any repairs.
Apple Chief, Tim Cook had recently stated that the company’s stores in Austria and Australia would reopen very soon. Following Cook’s statement, the company would now reopen 21 of its 22 local Australian stores on May 7.
The main Apple store in Australia, located on George Street, Sydney was shut for renovations previously this year, which are not yet completed.
The company stated that it is thrilled to welcome visitors to its Australia stores from the 7th. The company now looks forward to providing all the necessary support to its customers. Primarily, the company would aim at helping customers that are learning and working from home by offering services and support from its “Genius Bar”.
Apart from Australia, stores in South Korea and Austria have also been reopened, both of the countries have one store each. With this reopening, the list of countries where stores are open has risen to four now.
Though Apple has opened its stores in Australia, it will not be working as usual. The working hours of these stores will be 10 am to 5 pm. Additionally, all social distancing rules would still be applied across these stores, and visitors’ temperature would be taken before their entry in the store.
While Apple has opened its stores for customers across Australia; the company still recommends its customers to shop online and visit stores only to pick up products that cannot be delivered.