Apple temporarily closes 17 stores in France due to COVID-19 closure

Apple temporarily closes 17 stores in France due to COVID-19 closure

Apple will temporarily close 17 of its 20 stores in France starting October 30, as the country will enter a new month-long lockdown due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases, the company’s website showed.

From Apple The OpĂ©ra, Les Quatre Temps and Rosny 2 stores in Paris will remain open, the company’s website showed. Those three stores are using Apple’s new Express format, according to the site.

Apple is in expansion the Express format this month in hopes of continuing to serve customers in areas with a high number of coronavirus cases, while meeting its own health and safety standards for employees and customers, the head of sales for the company earlier this month.

The new format has a wall in front of the main store, with sales counters protected by Plexiglas and some accessory shelves. Customers schedule an appointment to pick up orders placed online.

The company’s 15 stores in Germany will remain open, according to Apple’s website.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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