Apple to reopen some stores in Beijing on Feb 14

  • Apple
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

While Apple will open some stores in Beijing (pic), stores in cities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen remain shut. — Reuters

SHANGHAI: Apple will reopen some stores in Beijing from Feb 14 with reduced opening hours, it said on its website, while many of its other stores in mainland China will remain shut as the country continues to battle a coronavirus outbreak.

The iPhone manufacturer said on Feb 8 it was extending its retail store closures in China, even as it worked toward opening its corporate offices and contact centres.

Its decision to shut its stores came after local authorities across China imposed travel curbs and warned residents to stay away from public areas in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far killed 1,367 people.

Its five stores in Beijing will open from Feb 14 between 11 am and 6 pm, according to Apple's website, shorter than its usual hours of 10 am to 10 pm. Stores in cities such as Shanghai and Shenzhen remain shut.

"In view of public health and prevention, some of our retail stores are temporarily closed," it said in a notice on its website, which also asked customers visiting outlets that were open to wear a mask and cooperate with temperature taking.

Apple was not immediately available for comment. – Reuters

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