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28 Dec 2021

Apple Shifts In-Store Browsing to Pick Up Only to Combat NYC Omicron Surge

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In view of rising Omicron infections, Apple has temporarily shut its stores to customers in New York City.

Currently, 16 Apple stores in Staten Island, Upper West Side, the Bronx, West 14th Street, Manhasset, and Huntington Station have been shut for the moment. This comes as Apple instituted closures over the past few weeks across the country in an attempt to control the present Omicron surge.

Despite that, customers can still place orders online and collect them at the store. However, they are not permitted to browse or make purchases in-store, and will not be able to avail of the onsite technical support services.

On Monday, Apple released a statement saying, “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee and customer masking, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.” The company also assured the public that they “regularly monitor conditions, and we will adjust our health measures to support the well-being of customers and employees.”

This comes as cases across the U.S. continue to climb with New York reporting thousands of cases on a daily basis.

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