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Social distancing is one way to prevent cluster outbreaks of COVID-19 and as many already know, is hard to accomplish in Apple Stores, especially on busy weekends. As of today, Apple has closed all of their retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27. Everything is working as it should online, or for those without a computer, an alternative would be to download the Apple Store app on the App Store. Now if you were looking to get something repaired in person, that will have to wait for at least two weeks. Read more for a video of Steve Jobs touring the very first Apple Store.
The very first Apple Store was revealed May 15, 2001, and Steve Jobs himself hosted a press event there, located at the Tysons Corner Center mall in Tysons, Virginia near Washington, D.C. It officially opened on May 19, along with another store in Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. Over 7,700 people visited Apple’s first two stores in the opening weekend, spending a total of nearly $600,000 USD.
In all of our offices, we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China. That means team members should work remotely if their job allows, and those whose work requires them to be on site should follow guidance to maximize interpersonal space. Extensive, deep cleaning will continue at all sites. In all our offices, we are rolling out new health screenings and temperature checks,” said Apple in a press release.