Apple’s plan to get retail stores back in action will see the reopening of locations in the United Kingdom starting Monday, June 15.
The government confirmed on Thursday that non-essential stores, most of which have now been closed for as many as three months, could begin reopening next week — provided they follow COVID-19 safety measures.
Apple is expected to open all stores in England and one in Northern Ireland first. Another five in Scotland and Wales must wait.
The U.K. government’s lockdown measures, which were put into place on March 23, prohibited many stores, salons, restaurants, bars, and other non-essential businesses from opening. But those measures are now easing.
As of Monday, June 15, non-essential stores can start reopening again — and Apple plans to be up and running as quickly as possible.
UK Apple Stores to reopen doors
“We’re excited to begin welcoming visitors back to our stores in England and Northern Ireland on Monday,” Apple told The Independent. “We’ve missed our customers and look forward to offering our support.”
“With many working and learning from home we look forward to providing the service and support they need, whether that be picking up a new product or getting help with one they already own.”
Of course, Apple Stores, like most shops, won’t be quite the same initially. Apple promises “significant safety procedures,” including temperature checks, social distancing, and face coverings, to help protect visitors.
A limited number of customers will be allowed in at one time, so there may be delays for those who aren’t attending appointments with the Genius Bar, Apple warns. You can book those online or in the Apple Store app.
Many Apple Stores still closed
The five Apple Stores in Scotland and Wales, which have their own lockdown rules, will remain closed for now. They are just two of more than 180 stores that are yet to reopen after Apple closed all locations outside China in March.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and those working around the clock to treat, study and contain its spread,” Apple added.