Apple has closed its New York City stores to walk-ins amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
From now on, Apple Stores in New York will only be open for pickup, which means customers can buy something from Apple online and come to a store to pick it up. But they cannot stay to see other products or make appointments with the Genius Bar. He did not say when they will reopen.
“We monitor conditions regularly and will adjust our health measures and store services to support the well-being of customers and employees,” Apple said in a statement. “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach to our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, masking of employees and clients, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.”
According to Reuters, the Omicron closures affect all seven Apple locations in Manhattan: Upper West Side, Upper East Side, SoHo, Fifth Avenue, World Trade Center, West 14th Street and Grand Central. The company also has stores in the outer boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. You didn’t specify if those stores are closed as well, but it’s probably wise to check their status if you plan to shop at those locations this week.
Earlier this month, Apple temporarily closed three stores in the US and Canada following COVID-19 outbreaks among staff: Miami (Brickell City Center), Annapolis, Md. (Annapolis Mall) and the Canadian capital. Ottawa (Rideau Center). In the summer of 2020, Apple temporarily closed 77 stores nationwide due to the spread of the virus. They largely reopened in 2021 with established guidelines (masks, social distancing, etc.), but Apple has had to play whack-a-mole as variants and outbreaks emerged throughout the year.