Apple recently closed all of its retail stores due to the coronavirus, saying that they'd remain closed indefinitely. Now a new report claims that Apple may be aiming to reopen at least some of those stores soon.
Apple could begin reopening its retail stores in the first half of April. Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's Senior Vice President of People and Retail, sent a memo to employees that was obtained by Bloomberg and says that Apple anticipates some stores might be able to begin opening early next month.
"For all of our retail stores outside of Greater China, we will reopen our stores on a staggered basis," O'Brien says in the memo. "At this time, we anticipate some stores may be able to open in the first half of April depending on the conditions in their community."
O'Brien also said that for offices outside of Greater China, employees will have flexible work arrangements through at least April 5th.
Apple retail stores are popular places for people to congregate and try out products like phones, tablets, and computers, and so it was a good decision for Apple to close its stores to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Still, there are probably some customers who would like to visit a store, try products, and get in-person help, and so Apple has likely been hard at work figuring out when it can safely begin reopen its stores.