Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will begin to reopen some of its stores in the United States next week, the company announced on Friday. The tech giant saw most of its stores outside of China closed for months in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with most states at least partially reopening, Apple will begin its transition to normal store operations.
Around the time Apple reopened its stores in China in mid-March, the company closed most of its stores outside of the People’s Republic. Apple made this decision when the coronavirus pandemic was causing blockages around the world. Now he’s looking to bounce back from what Tim Cook calls “the most difficult global environment” that society has encountered.
The reopening will initially only affect a few customers. For now, Apple stores will only open in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and South Carolina.
The tech giant also announced that staff will perform temperature checks and allow only a limited number of customers in its stores at a time.
It’s worth nothing that this announcement covers only six of the more than 270 Apple stores in the U.S. Nor has Apple verified that all six stores will open. For the moment, only the Boise, Idaho site has confirmed its reopening. This location will begin operations on Monday.
In addition, the company has not announced plans for stores in other states that have partially reopened. Apple continues to review health data for cities and counties in other regions where it operates stores and will use that data to decide when to reopen.