On March 13 (last Friday), Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a statement that the tech giant is closing all of its retail stores outside of Greater China until 27 March 2020.
“The most effective way to minimise risk of the virus’ transmission is to reduce density and maximise social distance. As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we’re taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers,” he said.
All of Apple’s hourly workers will also continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations.
Apple Stores At Orchard And Jewel Changi Closed
Apple has nearly 460 locations across the world outside of China.
In Singapore, two of Apple stores at Orchard Road and Jewel Changi Airport will be affected.
Earlier this year, Apple closed all its corporate offices, stores and contact centres in mainland China from February 1 to 9.
Apple has also indefinitely closed all of its retail stores in Italy since March 12. It will remain closed “until further notice.”
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