Apple Closes New York City Stores Amid Omicron Spread

On August 2, 2018 in New York City, an Apple Store is located in lower Manhattan. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images)

If you need another indication that covid-19 fueled by the latest omicron variant is spreading like wildfire in some parts of the US, all you need to do is check to see if Apple Stores are open. In New York City, they weren’t on Monday.

Apple partially closed all seven stores in New York City on Monday, Reuters reported:, due to an increase in covid-19 cases. In a news conference on Monday, New York government Kathy Hochul said the state had reported 26,000 daily positive cases on Sunday, but believed the number had been vastly underestimated due to reduced testing over the holiday weekend.

Hochul added that she expected the number to increase by up to 20,000 cases by the time Tuesday’s figures came in.

Apple confirmed to Gizmodo on Monday that the stores were open for pickup only, meaning customers could still order a product online and pick it up at the store.

“We are monitoring conditions regularly and we will adjust both our health measures and our retail services to support the well-being of customers and employees,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach to our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, masking of employees and customers, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.”

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The Apple Stores in New York City were reportedly not the only ones closed on Monday. According to the New York Times, about 20 of the company’s stores across the country were closed. Some closed because employees had fallen ill from Covid-19, the outlet said, and there were not enough healthy employees left to keep the stores open. Meanwhile, others were apparently closed as a precaution to keep employees and customers safe.

Gizmodo contacted Apple to confirm the Times report, but received no response at the time of publication. We’ll make sure to update this article if we hear anything.

Monitoring Apple Store closures is a unconventional indicator of the severity of the pandemic as the company has responded quickly to increasing cases and regularly closes its locations if it determines it is not safe.

The US is currently reporting 198,404 cases of Covid-19 per day, CNN reported:, the highest number of cases since January 19.

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