In recent weeks, several Apple Stores in the US have been closed due to increasing COVID-19 infections among employees, and a report from Bloomberg lists seven locations in the US and Canada that have ceased operations in recent days. The Apple Stores listed include Dadeland and The Gardens Mall in Florida, Lenox Square in Atlanta, GA, Highland Village in Houston, TX, Summit Mall in Ohio, Pheasant Lane in New Hampshire, and Sainte-Catherine in Montreal, Canada .
According to the report, shutdowns are usually called when 10 percent of store employees have tested positive. These spikes are occurring as the CDC reports that omicron has become the dominant strain of the virus spreading across the US. Apple’s response to the changing circumstances has included restoring its mask policy and postponing plans to resume office work for all of its employees.
9to5Mac points out another point people should be aware of, which is that Apple has started promoting free two-hour delivery in “most metropolitan areas.” The promotion says it will last until noon on Christmas Eve, and while it’s useful for anyone on a last-minute gift mission, it could also help reduce crowds in stores during the shopping spree. That’s in addition to other options, such as in-store/express/streetside pick-up and next day delivery for many items.