Apple Set to Reopen a Handful of Stores in U.S. Next Week

They'll still check your temp and encourage social distancing

An Apple store near you may soon be open, but there'll be temperature checks and social distancing between you and your Apple Genius.

Apple Store - Palo Alto
Apple Sore - Palo Alto. Apple Inc

Apple is set to slowly open a handful of U.S. retail stores as early as next week. The company confirmed its plans to Lifewire on Friday.

Details, please: The decision comes nearly two months after Apple decided to close its nearly 300 U.S. retail outlets over COVID-19 concerns. It also comes on the same day Apple announced plans to reopen stores in Germany. Stores in greater China, South Korea, Australia, and Austria are already open.

"We’re excited to begin reopening stores in the US next week, starting with some stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska. Our team is constantly monitoring local heath data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will," said Apple in a statement sent to Lifewire.

It's not that simple: Apple is setting some pretty strict rules in place, however.

"All shoppers will have temperature checks to ensure they're not arriving with a fever, store staff will be wearing face masks, and customers may be expected to, as well," the company told us. They'll also employ social distancing rules, which probably means that Apple will strictly control the number of people who enter each store.

Number of Apple Stores

  • U.S.: 271
  • Globally: 510

Why these states: Virtually all of these states have lifted some stay at home orders and are allowing select retail businesses to reopen.

The situation is fluid: Apple also noted that "As local guidance varies around the U.S., there may be slight modifications to our procedures," meaning that your in-store experience may vary.

Bottom line: Apple slowly restarting its retail business is a sign that the retail shutdown may be slowly but surely ending. Of course, this is just a few stores and even when all of them are reopened, life inside of them will be starkly different from how we experienced shopping in these stores before the pandemic.

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