Apple closes all New York stores to browsing as Omicron cases surge

Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, Apple has closed all of its New York store locations to browsing. The city’s approximately a dozen locations will be limited to online order pickup and walk-in services such as Genius Bar support.

“We monitor conditions on a regular basis and will adjust our health measures and store services accordingly to promote the health and well-being of our customers and employees,” the company said in a statement.

Apple (AAPL) reinstated the requirement for anyone entering its US retail stores to wear a mask two weeks ago, as concerns grow about the rise in Covid-19 cases and the spread of the Omicron variant. Apple also closed stores temporarily in Florida, Maryland, and Canada due to the virus.

New York City is currently experiencing a major Covid-19 outbreak, prompting the city’s transportation system to announce Monday that it will operate fewer trains this week. The MTA stated that it lacks sufficient staff to operate at full capacity.

On Christmas Eve, the state of New York set a new record for new Covid-19 cases, reaching 49,708, according to the Governor’s office. In the last two weeks, the number of new Covid-19 cases in New York City has increased by more than 600 percent, reaching 17,334 on Monday. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that he believes the positive case count “is about to peak.”

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