The Covid-19 pandemic damaged the global economy. Small businesses suffered just like the big ones did. People lost their daily earnings and the future became more unstable for everyone.
The Omicron variant is on the rise and it seems to be posing a similar threat. The cases are constantly increasing throughout the United States of America, forcing businesses to make tough calls for survival.
Apple is a new well-known entrant on the list. It has closed 12 stores based in New York amid the increasing number of Covid-19 variant cases.
These outlets are located in SoHo, Fifth Avenue, and Grand Central.
Closure of the stores for shoppers means that they can not visit the store for an indoor shopping experience. They are, however, still allowed to visit and collect their online orders.
An official spokesperson of Apple issued a statement saying that the company monitors the working conditions of its stores regularly. The spokesperson added that the company prioritizes the well-being of its employees and customers by adjusting the health measures and services of its stores.
The company had mandated all of its employees and customers to wear a mask earlier in December 2021. This applies to all its stores located across the United States of America.
The effect of Omicron on Apple’s retail stores has extended to Canada as well. At the beginning of December 2021, Apple had to close its three retail outlets in the United States of America and Canada.
Closure of these stores was an impact on its employees getting exposed to Covid-19 cases.
Apple felt relieved only after its shares closed at $180.33 on the market board, the value being an increase of 2.3% as compared to the earlier value.