Apple Stores have taken a number of measures to try and help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Most noticeably, all Apple retail locations have now been closed in Italy (via Bloomberg News).
Apple Stores Reduce Capacity
In total, 17 Italian locations are now shut. In a statement, Apple said:
As we support the work to contain and manage the spread of Covid-19, our priority remains the health and safety of everyone in the communities we serve.
Apple has also canceled all upcoming ‘Today at Apple’ sessions due to take place in the San Francisco and Bay Area. The same happened in Seattle.
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Staff at retail locations also reportedly been told to limit the physical contact they have with customers. Many of them have also removed half the available sitting in order to stop people loitering. They are also deliberately operating below capacity. The company introduced those new rules on Tuesday. The instructions do vary depending on the size and location of the Apple Store.