Netease Technology News March 12 news, according to foreign media reports, in addition to closing all stores in Italy, Apple’s retail division is upgrading the special precautions it is taking to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, including connecting retail employees with customers. Minimize physical contact and cancel half of available seats, etc.
The continued spread of the novel coronavirus around the world has forced Apple to temporarily close stores in the hardest-hit areas, before gradually reopening them with special measures to minimize the risk of infection. Today, Apple Stores in the U.S. and other regions not yet affected by the outbreak may also adopt precautionary measures in areas with severe outbreaks.
Apple will continue to operate its retail stores with “insufficient capacity,” limiting the number of customers who can enter the stores at any one time, according to multiple sources. By limiting the number of customers, this would theoretically reduce the density of customers in stores, reducing exposure and the chance of the virus spreading.
To encourage customers to stay too long and reduce the number of surfaces that could be exposed to the virus, Apple has also directed stores to halve the number of seats customers can rest on. Employees in specialty stores have also been instructed to maintain a distance of at least one metre between each other and customers.
Apple’s new store policy, which took effect on Tuesday local time, will vary depending on the location, size and footfall of retail stores. It is unclear whether Apple will implement other measures, such as limiting opening hours and implementing customer temperature checks in its stores.