Apple Plans to Start Reopening Retail Stores in First Half of April

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Apple today informed employees that it plans to reopen its Apple retail stores starting in the first half of April, according to Bloomberg. Retail stores will not all reopen at once and will likely remain closed longer in areas with more widespread outbreaks.

We will reopen our stores on a staggered basis. At this time, we anticipate some stores may be able to open in the first half of April depending on the conditions in their community. We will provide updates for each store as soon as specific dates are established.
Apple closed all of its stores outside of China on March 14, and at the time of the closure, said that retail locations would remain closed until March 27. That date was later extended with vague wording on the Apple Store website that said stores would be closed "until further notice."

Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien apparently told employees today that remote work plans will be extended through at least April 5, but after that date, brick and mortar stores will be reopening on a staggered basis. Apple plans to reevaluate work from home arrangements on a weekly basis based on workers' locations.

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now i see it

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Yet the number of confirmed (tested) cases of Cov... continues to increase by several hundred victims in CA each day with no end in sight. That's just tested and confirmed cases. The number of people that are sick (or carriers) that fly under the official stat radar can only be imagined. Nobody knows. It's not like in April it will suddenly be fine to be around people in close quarters- it'll be more risky than it is now.
But businesses can't stay closed forever- Shop at your own risk
 

Kyle4

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Hoping they are doing some type of pick up service, otherwise they’re putting all of their employees at risk while this continues to increase in those affected. Proper measures haven’t even fully been taken yet, I agree that this is irresponsible.
 

mi7chy

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Everyone going should use masks
Insufficient since it also survives on surfaces for up to 3 days and for some strains up to 5 days. For complete protection you'll want gloves and full suit. Or, just order online and sanitize the package when it arrives to be safe. Risks are still too high with hospitals overcrowded and cost of treatment upwards of $40K.
 

fumi2014

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Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien apparently told employees today that remote work plans will be extended through at least April 5, but after that date, brick and mortar stores will be reopening on a staggered basis.

Where is the source for this story?

Never gonna happen. America is right at the start of this problem and one certain individual does not seem to understand the magnitude of what is happening. It's literally going to be months away before even any semblance of normality returns. U.S hasn't even begun to see the worst of it yet.

But it's coming.
 
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OriginalMacRat

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Yet the number of confirmed (tested) cases of Cov... continues to increase by several hundred victims in CA each day with no end in sight.
Several hundred per day?

There are only 2,000 cases in all of California and it took a while to get to that point.

Yes, there are more infections every day, but no need to exaggerate.

New York City has 13,000 cases which is unfortunate.
 

Baymowe335

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Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien apparently told employees today that remote work plans will be extended through at least April 5, but after that date, brick and mortar stores will be reopening on a staggered basis.

Where is the source for this story?

Never gonna happen. America is right at the start of this problem and the government does not seem to understand the magnitude of what is happening. It's literally going to be months away before even any semblance of normality returns. U.S hasn't even begun to see the worst of it yet.

But it's coming.
Maybe people are starting to realize the overreaction might be worse than the virus.

The 2018 flu scared no one and 80,000 Americans died from it according to CDC.

Not saying this is “nothing” but when do you propose ending economic Armageddon? And when do we start putting things into perspective with viruses we already deal with constantly.
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Only? Testing is still pretty much non-existent. If people aren't tested then there's little visibility into who's infected.
And? So a lot more people have it? Good...if they were dropping like flies, we’d know. Most people have mild symptoms and it will do good to have more immunity.

Mortality is nowhere near what it is currently reported because the denominator is far bigger. Also means the quasi quarantine is less and less effective.
 

Rocko99991

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Several hundred per day?

There are only 2,000 cases in all of California and it took a while to get to that point.

Yes, there are more infections every day, but no need to exaggerate.

New York City has 13,000 cases which is unfortunate.
38 million flu illnesses, 390,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths from flu this year.
 

Ryth

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Well, we need to start looking at this realistically for all involved.

Look I get it, you don't want to overwhelm the health system, and you want to protect those at risk. That's 2 metrics. Now lets talk about everything else affected. That's a lot more then those 2 groups but a metric ton.

You cannot keep stuff shut down and live in fear. The risks to the majority and it's a huge majority at this point are greater than the risks to the at-risk. There are risks everyday & we've been in other pandemics.

There is just too much incomplete data on CV and it will never be totally accurate, especially the mortality rate due to lack of unreported cases from those that got it but were told to just stay home or those that got mild symptoms. As more get it (and more will), we've been here before with over-whelmed hospitals from past flu epidemics, the last a few years ago being the latest in 2017/18. We didn't shut down the economy, stop travel, etc...we did measured response of those areas...maybe closing schools for 2 weeks, etc. And before you get the "IT'S NOT THE FLU"...the '17 flu was vaccine resistant basically and anti-virals didn't work well.


Look, it's not the flu, we get that over and over.. but we take the flu waaaaay to lightly. And BTW, the flu targets children that CV is not so you can make a case that the flu doesn't discriminate...CV does. The flu kills a metric ton of people everywhere in the world every single year. We're complacent on that. On a scale of 1-100 we're at a 10 with the flu.

With this, we're too far at the other end...like a 90-100.

The data is so incomplete, distorted by certain factors like this starting in China that has a ton of problems with honesty, age ranges, smokers, air quality, food they eat, their government, etc,.

It's massively distorted by Italy who every year gets HAMMERED by respiratory diseases (24K elderly died of flu in 2017)


Lack of testing here, other places that aren't testing or have stopped that we're just basically throwing darts at the wall. So because of that, fear has taken over and we're at a 100 with this thing.

We need to be measured here where we are super cautious but not destroying everything.

On a scale of 1-100, we should be at a 40-50 with the flu and doing a better job every year of cleaning things, staying home when you're sick (many work when they're sick because they have too), staying away from at risk folks, not touching your face, washing your hands, etc...and most of you are not doing most of these before this CV outbreak.

With this we should be at a 50-60...and going up IF needed. We just went way too far too quickly and the economic consequences of these governors of CA/NY just weren't thought through enough IMO...Cuomo at least is waking up to the economic damage NY is taking.

Look, it's not going to matter if millions lose jobs, have no money or health insurance. You think CV kills, wait till you have massive poverty rates from this thing because we went too far the other direction. Poverty kills, that's a statistic that's factual.

There's something in the middle and we need to get people back to work, back to normal lives living without fear but being vigilant and still fighting this thing.
 
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