Apple temporarily closes offline stores in China due to coronavirus
11.02.2020 0 Comments
Apple closed all of its offices and offline stores in mainland China until February 9th. The online store will continue to operate as before.
This is how a page translated by Google with the search for offline stores on the Apple website in China looks like.
The company explained that they were doing this as a precaution because of an outbreak of coronavirus, and also expressed support to all victims and scientists who are studying the disease. At the same time, Apple promised to monitor the situation and reopen stores "as soon as possible."
Apple is closing ALL stores, corporate offices, and contact centers in China due to Coronavirus through Feb. 9, company says in statement. https://t.co/E5xGkgAkeS pic.twitter.com/bbpGN885n4
– Mark Gurman (@markgurman) February 1, 2020
It is not yet known how Apple’s production in China will operate, which is managed by Foxconn’s partner, The Verge notes. In their latest statement, dated Tuesday, Foxconn indicated that the plant’s production facilities were operating normally.
In addition to the above, Apple has limited the travel of its employees to China to “critical business situations.”
In conclusion, we note that, according to Bloomberg, other companies temporarily limited their presence in China because of the coronavirus: for example, the Starbucks network closed about 2 thousand outlets in the country, while automakers Honda and Nissan evacuated workers from Wuhan, where a large number of cases were recorded . In addition, it is known that the outbreak of coronavirus "affected" the production of Nintendo Switch consoles, which are going to China.