While most countries across the globe have some sort of measure in place, advising people to stay home where possible and avoid the retail rush this festive season as a result of COVID-19, more people being in stores seems unavoidable at this stage.
It is likely why Apple has been closing some of its stores worldwide over the past seven days.
To that end, Apple is estimated to have closed 95 of its stores, with the United States accounting for the vast majority. More specifically 53 of the 95 are in the state of California alone, with the decision being announced over the weekend.
The decision was prompted by the fact that California experienced its highest number of new daily infections since the began of the pandemic recently.
Unfortunately though, other states in the US have not been so decisive in their actions, which is concerning given the ever increasing number of infections and deaths in the country.
Other regions across the globe that enacted similar protocols for Apple stories include the UK. This as the retail locations fall under the government’s Tier 4 restrictions for COVID-19.
Official Apple stores in Brazil, Mexico, Germany and the Netherlands all followed similar instructions over the past week, which begs the question as to why South African Apple stores have not chosen to do the same.
The reason for this is twofold. Firstly, it is not currently mandated by the government, with retailers able to operate during the current level of lockdown, provided that they adhere to regulations as it pertains to occupancy and the wearing of face masks.
The other is that there are no official Apple stores in South Africa, with the iStores you may be familiar with not officially affiliated with Apple itself, and rather operating as an official reseller.
With the number of cases for COVID-19 in South Africa on the steady incline due to the country being in the midst of a third wave, hopefully a stronger stance on the matter is taken by iStores. For now though, they are open for business and ready to accept customers.