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Apple today announced that its 32 retail stores in England and one in Northern Ireland will be reopening on Monday, June 15. The company's stores in Wales and Scotland will remain closed until restrictions are eased in those countries.

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In a statement shared with The Independent, Apple reiterated the safety procedures that it has implemented at its reopened stores, including temperature checks, social distancing, increased cleaning, and a limit on how many customers are allowed inside its stores at once. Apple is also requiring that all employees and customers wear a face covering while inside its stores and will provide one to customers who do not bring one.

While in-store sales will be permitted, Apple has placed an emphasis on Genius Bar service and support for the time being. Apple continues to remind customers that its products can be ordered on its website for home delivery.

Apple has reopened over 300 of its retail stores around the world — around 60 percent of its locations. In a letter to customers last month, Apple said that it looks at all available data before deciding to reopen a store, including local cases, near and long‑term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. Apple also said that it would not rule out the possibility of closing a store again should local conditions warrant.

Article Link: Apple Stores in England and Northern Ireland Reopening on June 15
 

Rogifan

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Unlike Minnesota. Who knows when our stores will reopen. :(
 
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marmiteturkey

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Been waiting for a genius appointment for over two months to resolve an issue with my MacBook Pro. Glad to see this; and also fully expect that Apple will be managing this responsibly (more than most) with full social distancing, masks etc.

if it weren’t mission critical (self-employed, cannot work without a functioning laptop) I certainly wouldn’t be going in; but it’s a calculated risk and we (my immediate family) are still distancing for the most part.
 
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garevans

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Been waiting for a genius appointment for over two months to resolve an issue with my MacBook Pro. Glad to see this; and also fully expect that Apple will be managing this responsibly (more than most) with full social distancing, masks etc.

if it weren’t mission critical (self-employed, cannot work without a functioning laptop) I certainly wouldn’t be going in; but it’s a calculated risk and we (my immediate family) are still distancing for the most part.

Just in case you weren’t aware, AASPs are still taking machines in for repair. If you call tech support and give them your postcode they can tell you who is taking appointments.
 
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redshovel

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Personally won't be going anywhere near my local Apple store in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I appreciate all the precautions being taken, but one of the great things about the Apple Store was being able to spend as long as you want trying the products without feeling rushed by staff. The majority of staff too always seemed willing to chat and help even if you weren't really ready to buy just yet. I get the feeling everything will be more pressured now, get in - get out, to ease the inevitable queue outside.
 
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Veinticinco

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The symmetry in that Apple Store picture is so satisfying to my inner autistic self!
Not sure why MR have used that image as it’s an early artistic render of the flagship Regent Street London store which has only been open now for 15 years.
 
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marmiteturkey

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Just in case you weren’t aware, AASPs are still taking machines in for repair. If you call tech support and give them your postcode they can tell you who is taking appointments.
Thanks - I had a conversation with tech support early on and that is indeed what they said. My machine is in warranty; I'm expecting an in-warranty repair (probably a replacement of the t2 button and Touch Bar assembly) and for whatever reason (and a weird personal bias) I'd prefer Apple to do that for me directly.

Also no AASP's within 10 miles of here, but an Apple store just down the road.
 
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Reason077

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Not sure why MR have used that image as it’s an early artistic render of the flagship Regent Street London store which has only been open now for 15 years.

No, it's a photo of the re-modelled Regent Street store which reopened 2-3 years ago after a long renovation process. There might have been some retouching, but it's definitely a real photo, not a render.
 
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