All 270 Apple retail stores in the United States opened on Monday. Many had been shuttered for months during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not any more.
This is a boon not only for shoppers but for those looking for repairs and tech support for their Mac, iPhone or other Apple gear. But don’t jump in the car quite yet.
An Apple Store grand reopening
The retail stores began shuttering in March 2020 as the pandemic spread rapidly around the world. Some reopened in the preceding months, but now they all are.
However, that doesn’t mean they’re prepared for casual browsing. A check of Apple’s website shows that many stores tell potential customers, “We’re currently open for pickup of online orders and Genius Support by making an appointment. We are unable to welcome walk-in customers at this time.”
Plus, some locations are open for limited hours. And anyone visiting one of these retail stores should still expect mask requirements, temperature checks and social distancing. These may vary from place to place. And in-person Today at Apple training sessions remain on hiatus.
Please note that this is not necessarily true globally. Check your local Apple store location before heading over.
The spread of COVID-19 dropped precipitously in the US starting in mid-January, according to the New York Times. Though it’s certainly not gone.