100 more US Apple Stores will open soon … sort of

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Apple plans to start the slow process of reopening its U.S. retail stores next week.
Apple plans to start the slow process of reopening its U.S. retail stores.
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Apple said Tuesday it intends to open its retail locations in 21 U.S. states. But some stores will reportedly only offer curbside service, with customers not allowed to go in. The dates these Apple Stores would reopen were not announced.

Virtually all of Apple’s storefronts have been closed since March to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Among the roughly 100 locations opening, most will offer only curbside pickup, according to Reuters. Still, there will be some newly-reopened stores with walk-in service.

The Apple Stores planning to reopen their doors will be in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to MarketWatch.

Slowly and carefully reopening US Apple Stores

These aren’t the first Apple retail locations to open their doors. That process started earlier in May, and continued in the days since.

But it’s not happening haphazardly. Apple retail chief Deidre O’Brien shared details about Apple’s approach to reopening its stores last week. In an open letter, she wrote that:

“[In many locations] face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces, display products, and highly trafficked areas.”

Stores have limiting occupancy. And Apple promises the Genius Bar will offer one‑on‑one, personalized service.