Apple closing all stores in France as COVID-19 cases worsen in the country
Apple is once again closing the doors of its retail stores in France, this time indefinitely as COVID-19 cases in the country worsen.
As reported by French site MacGeneration, all of Apple’s retail stores in the country have now closed until further notice as cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across France, which has one of the highest infection rates in Europe.
Most of Apple’s stores in France haven’t been fully open since October, with a limited number of locations being able to remain open, such as Apple Champs-Élysées, Apple Opéra, Apple Marché Saint-Germain, and Apple Lille under rules that allow the activity of selling computer products and providing so-called essential services, MacGeneration reports.
However, Apple has now confirmed that from Saturday, April 3, stores that were open and operating its Apple Express format will close, giving one day for customers to pick up online orders or attend Genius Bar appointments.
Many Apple Stores around the world remain closed, with the United Kingdom set to ease restrictions on retail later this month, which will allow Apple to reopen its doors after stores were forced to close at the beginning of the year. In the US, Apple has reopened all 270 locations, with not all locations open fully to customers, but all now offering either in-store shopping appointments or Express pickup of online orders and Genius Support appointments.