Apple Shuts New York Stores to Shoppers Amid Rising Covid Cases

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Apple Inc announced Monday that it has closed all of its 12 new york city stores to theatrical purchases as cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have increased across the United States.

Customers will be able to pick up their orders online at stores, an Apple spokesperson said.

Affected stores include Fifth Avenue, Grand Central and SoHo outlets.

“We regularly monitor conditions and will adjust both our sanitary measures and our in-store services to promote the well-being of customers and employees,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Apple announced that it had temporarily closed three https://reut.rs/3mB1Fgy stores in the United States and Canada after an increase in COVID-19 cases and exposures among store workers.

For the same reason, Apple has also required all of its customers and employees to wear masks in its US stores.

Globally, concerns about the Omicron variant have prompted large companies to tighten protocols.

Earlier this month, a U.S. court ordered the reinstatement of a national COVID-19 vaccination or testing mandate for large businesses, which covers 80 million U.S. workers. Opponents of this decision rushed to the Supreme Court to overturn the reinstatement.

Apple stock closed up 2.3% at $ 180.33.

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