Apple’s popular retail stores will reopen next week the US technology company has confirmed. From Monday, June 15, customers in England and Northern Ireland will be able to head into Apple Stores for the first time since they closed in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Although the famous glass doors will – once again – be pushed back, customers will notice some big changes when they step inside.
Due to the obvious health concerns, Apple says it is taking extra measures to keep its fans safe and healthy with the introduction of measures including limiting store occupancy, providing face coverings, social distancing and continuous deep cleaning.
Before a customer even enters the store Apple will check their temperature and ask a series of health questions to make sure people aren’t unwell or have been in contact with someone with Covid-19.
Announcing the news Apple said in a statement “We’re excited to begin welcoming visitors back to our stores in England and Northern Ireland on Monday. We’ve missed our customers and look forward to offering our support.
“With many working and learning from home we look forward to providing the service and support they need, whether that be picking up a new product or getting help with one they already own. Our newly reopened stores have significant safety procedures including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings to ensure customers and employees continue to stay healthy.
“Our social distance protocol means a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers. For more ways to shop and additional information on these new guidelines and store hours, please visit apple.com/retail.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and those working around the clock to treat, study and contain its spread.”
A total of 32 stores will open across the UK with one opening in Northern Ireland.
The news comes as some other technology brands have announced that they will soon be letting customers back in.
EE and BT stores will also reopen from June 15 allowing customers to upgrade their phones or broadband service in person rather than via call centres.
Vodafone has also announced similar news with its high street shops also opening from Monday.