Apple Stores in New York City Limit Services to Online Pickups

Apple Store NYC, Fifth Avenue, New York City
Apple Store, Fifth Avenue

Due to concern over the rising number of Covid-19 cases, Apple has decided to close all major New York City Apple stores. This includes the retail stores at the locations of Fifth Avenue, Grand Central, SoHo, and World Trade Center. While customers will no longer be able to buy in person for the duration of closure, online pickups are still being offered.

Apple has closed 16 stores across New York, including affected locations such as Upper West Side, West 14th Street, Staten Island and Bronx. This temporary retail store closure also includes the Apple stores at the locations of Huntington Station and Manhasset.

In the recent weeks, Apple has closed several stores temporarily while coping with the rising infections. The omicron variant is highly contagious, and Apple has come to this conclusion with the health and safety of its customers and workers in mind. With New York, however, Apple is trying out a different approach.

The Cupertino-based company is currently still allowing people to place online orders. They can then pick them up at the stores. Customers are not allowed to enter the store for browsing or making an onsite purchase. Moreover, the Genius Bar will not be available for technical support.

Apple Issues Statement About Recent Closure of Apple Stores

Apple issued a statement issued on Monday regarding the matter. “We regularly monitor conditions, and we will adjust our health measures to support the well-being of customers and employees,” it stated. “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee and customer masking, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.”

In New York, cases of Covid-19 have spiked to all-time highs. The state of New York has been reporting tens of thousands of new cases daily. This has led Apple to take the precautionary measure of temporary closing their stores. Moreover, Apple has recently closed additional retail stores outside New York. This includes certain locations in Los Angeles, such as the downtown Los Angeles Tower Theatre store. 

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