Apple Temporarily Closes Some Retail Stores in Italy Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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Apple will temporarily close one of its retail stores in Italy as the government grapples with the spread of COVID-19 in the country, which has experienced the worst outbreak of coronavirus in Europe so far.

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Apple Oriocenter in the province of Bergamo will be closed on March 7 and 8, according to Apple's regional website, on orders from the Italian government.

The notice is the result of a decree of the President of the Council of Ministers issued last week that will see all medium and large retail stores, including commercial outlets inside shopping centers, shuttered over the coming weekend to halt the spread of the virus.

The decree covers the provinces of Bergamo, Cremona, Lodi, and Piacenza. Similar measures will also be undertaken in other Italian provinces.

Similar weekend closures occurred at Apple il Leone, Apple Fiordaliso and Apple Carosello on February 29 and March 1. Those closures were also government imposed.

The number of deaths has surged in Italy, which is now the country with the most deaths in the world outside of China, where the viral outbreak originated. In the last 24 hours, 27 people have died of the disease in Italy, bringing the total number to 79, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

Apple in early February closed all of its corporate offices, stores, and contact centers in China, but many stores have since reopened as the outbreak there appears to be slowing. There were 119 new confirmed cases in China on March 3, compared with 125 the day before.

An additional 38 people died on March 3, bringing the death toll in mainland China to 2,981. China has now had 80,270 cases since the virus first appeared in Wuhan province in December.

(Via AppleInsider.)

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recoil80

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As the article states its is a decree of the government, Apple didn't chose to close its stores and the one in downtown Milan stays open, as it is not inside a mall.
What is weird about the decree is shopping centers are not closed, you can still go there and buy groceries but all the retail stores that don't sell food cannot open.
 

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As the article states its is a decree of the government, Apple didn't chose to close its stores and the one in downtown Milan stays open, as it is not inside a mall.
What is weird about the decree is shopping centers are not closed, you can still go there and buy groceries but all the retail stores that don't sell food cannot open.
It makes sense. I think the decree is there to minimize mall traffic that are not there to buy essentials.
 

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The Chinese tourist who knowingly traveled to Italy while feeling ill and at risk is a real piece of crap. So is that Chinese lady who traveled to France as soon as she felt ill, and then took medicines to avoid authorities from detecting her high temperature. Literally no shame or conscience.
 
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The Chinese tourist who knowingly traveled to Italy while feeling ill and at risk is a real piece of crap. So is that Chinese lady who traveled to France as soon as she felt ill, and then took medicines to avoid authorities from detecting her high temperature. Literally no shame or conscience.
But airport and authorities at the entry points must have been alerted and taken precautionary measures instead allowing the visitor inside the country!

For the first time I feel empathy towards airport staff of various airlines, airports at both sides!
 

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Apple should utilize the temporary closure to disinfect the store and the products on the display in the meantime just to be sure.
 
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It makes sense. I think the decree is there to minimize mall traffic that are not there to buy essentials.
It does make sense in theory but people are staying at home these days, they're not hanging around shopping centers as usual but go there mostly for buying groceries at the supermarket. Even restaurants are empty. Some small retail stores inside the malls make their living during the weekend, so I hope the government will help them out, maybe with tax relief.

Small stores asides, I read that in northern Italy there was a 10% decrease in tech products sales during the last week of February, and malls were opened during the weekend. Let's see how much sales will go down this week as things are getting worse.
As for Apple, their products are good but expensive. People are losing money right now because of the lockdown and I bet some of them won't buy a new iPhone or accessories this fall because they'll be on low budget. Of course Italy isn't a big market, but if other EU countries will face the same problems Apple (and other tech giants like Samsung) will see a decrease in sales next fall
 
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The Chinese tourist who knowingly traveled to Italy while feeling ill and at risk is a real piece of crap. So is that Chinese lady who traveled to France as soon as she felt ill, and then took medicines to avoid authorities from detecting her high temperature. Literally no shame or conscience.
my colleagues neighbors went to Italy for skiing over the weekend. They are now the first 5 cases in that city.
 
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Too little too late I think, Apple should have done this last week. Italy have announced they will be closing schools now, possibly all of them? Didn’t read if it stated it would be or not.
 

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Too little too late I think, Apple should have done this last week. Italy have announced they will be closing schools now, possibly all of them? Didn’t read if it stated it would be or not.
All the schools will be closed till March 16. I live in Milan and here they've been closed since last week, so it will be 3 weeks in a row without school. Thank goodness for grandparents! :)

Apple stores will remain opened Monday to Friday, and the iconic one in Milan is opened for business as usual. I don't think they'll close all retail shops in downtown Milan (including Apple), there are less tourists than usual but it would be a huge loss.
The football games will be played in empty stadiums, and that's a loss for teams but it is too dangerous to have thousands of people watching a game and taking public transportation to get there.
I hope other EU countries and the US will be luckier than us and avoid such drastic measures.
 
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Hand sanitizer is not going to do anything when the virus is airborne!
But it's not the only way.

From the CDC:
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
 

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Hand sanitizer is not going to do anything when the virus is airborne!
Hand sanitiser is going to do a lot.

The virus can stay in the air for a few yards, so avoid getting close to people.
On the other hand, when it drops out of the air the virus lands somewhere, and then it can get on your hands. Therefore you should wash your hands regularly. And avoid touching your eyes. And wear your glasses if you don't wear them out of vanity. Don't go to the mall with bare feet either.
 
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Apple should utilize the temporary closure to disinfect the store and the products on the display in the meantime just to be sure.
Broad "disinfection" of buildings, stores, etc., are the most meaningless, feel good steps that can be taken. Businesses, schools, etc., that are doing it know that it is done solely for purposes of PR. As soon as the store reopens, thousands of people will go through it and within a couple of hours completely recoat every item with bacteria, viruses, etc., and fill the air etc.

The only step that makes sense is to take INDIVIDUAL precautions about washing your hands, cleaning your workspace, airline seat, etc.,not touching your face, etc., or social isolation from crowded spaces.
 
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Hand sanitizer is not going to do anything when the virus is airborne!

Of course it is going to do something. It's not an all or nothing strategy. Hand sanitizer kills the virus on your hands that lessons the chances that you will transfer it to your face, home, objects, etc.
 
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Of course it is going to do something. It's not an all or nothing strategy. Hand sanitizer kills the virus on your hands that lessons the chances that you will transfer it to your face, home, objects, etc.
Note that hand sanitizer needs to be at least 60% alcohol to be effective against COVID19 and other coronaviruses.
 
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CDC head advised both washing hands (20 seconds minimum) when that is possible, and using hand sanitizer that is 60% alcohol. Others have said hand sanitizer is not as effective as washing, but they were probably referring only to those that have a smaller percentage of alcohol.

Keep your hands away from your face when you are out and about.

The problem with closing stores of ANY type and in ANY location is that those employees no longer have income for groceries, etc.
 
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Why the heck has Italy, of all places, been hit the worst besides China? Did like a plane full of infected people fly in without anybody knowing or something?
 

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The Chinese tourist who knowingly traveled to Italy while feeling ill and at risk is a real piece of crap. So is that Chinese lady who traveled to France as soon as she felt ill, and then took medicines to avoid authorities from detecting her high temperature. Literally no shame or conscience.
This is definitively fake news you are spreading here. While the first person who got ill is well known (a young man fighting for his life), it is still unknown, how the virus came to Italy in the first place.

And would you lock yourself in your room for two weeks with just slight symptoms of a common cold. All over the world there are thousands unknowingly carrying the virus? It doesn't have to be a Chinese person. It could as well be an Apple employer who met a Chinese colleague in January before the virus outbreak was made public and than traveled to Italy.
 

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This just in from a CNN Twitter post:
"The World Health Organization says the novel coronavirus is deadlier than seasonal flu strains. No one has built up immunity to the new virus, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus."
 
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