Apple to reopen U.S. retail stores that were twice shuttered due to COVID-19 fears

Apple plans to reopen U.S. retail stores that had been closed over the past several weeks due fears over local COVID-19 case increases, Bloomberg News reports, citing “people with knowledge of the matter.”

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Apple Highland Village in Houston, Texas

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is slated to open a small number of stores as soon as the end of August, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous discussing plans that haven’t been made public. In most cases, the stores will operate on an appointment-only basis for the immediate future, the people said.

Apple initially closed all of its 270 U.S. stores in March when the pandemic began spreading. It then started re-opening stores in May, only to re-close more than 120 of them over the past couple of months due to local increases in cases.

During the pandemic, Apple has re-assigned thousands of retail employees to online sales and support positions. Apple told staff that those workers would remain in that role for the foreseeable future, but they may be re-assigned back to their retail stores depending on the needs of individual locations.

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  1. Enough with the mass hysteria driven by “learned idiots” like Neil Ferguson and Anthony Fauci.

    Lockdown was a panic measure and I believe history will say trying to control Covid-19 through lockdown was a monumental mistake on a global scale, the cure was worse than the disease.

    I never want to see national lockdown again. It was always a temporary measure that simply delayed the stage of the epidemic we see now. It was never going to change anything fundamentally, however low we drove down the number of cases, and now we know more about the virus and how to track it we should not be in this position again.

    We absolutely should never return to a position where children cannot play or go to school.

    I believe the harm lockdown is doing to our education, health care access, and broader aspects of our economy and society will turn out to be at least as great as the harm done by Covid-19.

    Closing schools was not an epidemiologically sensible thing to do.

    Evidence shows that children very rarely transmit to adults and there is not a single documented example of a child transmitting to a teacher in school.

    But throughout this pandemic we have been very bad at communicating the actual risk of infection to individuals.

    Instead of concentrating on schools we should have been concentrating on care homes. We were not really thinking about where the risk lies, just on suppressing the virus.

    We should open schools, monitor closely for any outbreaks and have effective plans in place to deal with them if they happen. The bottom line is that if we want to relax measures we have to accept there will be some outbreaks, which will be containable if we don’t open up too far, and not go into panic mode again.

    As we lift restrictions, the most important thing is to make sure that people who need protection are protected – particularly those over 70 or with underlying health conditions. This is not a one size fits all.

    The challenge we have is asymptomatic transmission, particularly in younger age groups who may not get symptoms. The answer is more testing. This he said should also include schools because even though there is less risk of transmission from children or severe illness among children, testing in schools would inspire confidence about the safety of opening them.

    Healthcare workers, care home workers and social care workers. Testing of teachers in schools and universities would have to be done on the scale of the Premier League – they made it work and used testing to get their core activity up and running.

    People say cost is an issue with widespread testing but the cost of not doing it is absolutely enormous because without it we cannot unlock society.

    The Premier League carried out 40,000 tests to run its final series of matches – and it was successful. This should be a benchmark. If you can run football safely you can run businesses and schools safely with the same strict testing regime. Schools and businesses need to think like the Premier League. — University of Edinburgh Professor Mark Woolhouse OBE

    1. Surprise! I agree with you. The way to get a handle on this is—and always was—for an overwhelming majority of Americans to follow reasonable public health guidelines. Those include social distancing, good hygiene, masks where appropriate, and above all, lots of reliable tests providing prompt results, followed up by effective contact tracing and strong quarantine protocols. Essentially what The Premier League and NBA did, but applied to the population at large. The countries that did that have suffered only a fraction of US deaths while suffering less damage to their economies.

      However, that is never going to happen until the overwhelming majority of Americans take the virus seriously. In turn, that is never going to happen until our leaders on the national, state, and local levels start talking and acting as if it is a serious threat. I was watching a film last night on the Battle of Britain and was struck with how utterly 40,000 deaths from the Blitz disrupted society. We have suffered over four times that many deaths, yet we still have men in high places assuring us that “it is what it is” and will soon disappear.

      So long as that message is out there, Americans will continue to crowd into bars and drink like there is no tomorrow. Thanks to them, there are many thousands more Americans who will have no tomorrows.

      1. The Battle of Britain (The Air Battle for England) occurred in 1940. The population of England in 1940 was ~38.1 million. 40K deaths was 0.105% of England’s total population in 1940. The deaths were, in effect, randomly happening across all age ranges, based on nothing more than where the bomb exploded.

        The population of the U.S. is ~330.1 million. 177K deaths is 0.054% of the U.S. total population. Over 80% of the deaths in the U.S. due to COVID-19 have been to the retired, aged, and sick, i.e. non-productive members of society.

        You are vastly overestimating the economic impact of the U.S. COVID-19 deaths by wrongly equating the situation with The Battle of Britain where thousands of working age men and women of childbearing age were killed.

        Standard disclaimer for Libs who cannot digest simple facts without some meaningless outpouring of emotion: It is sad that 80% of the COVID-19 deaths happened in nursing homes (thank Cuomo in NY for many of those), to obese diabetics whose only attempt at at exercise throughout their entire lives was lifting fork to face, and to the cigarette smokers (we’ll miss their cancer stick taxes, but not too much as they end up costing society far more than they contribute). Somehow the U.S. economy will survive the fact that they’ve now shuffled off this mortal coil a year or two sooner than they normally would have, sparing the bankrupt social safety net from further losses (which, of course, actually helps the economy, completley negating your point).

        I’ve given you facts, logic, and even the requisite dollop of emotion √ for the vacuous Libs. Never let it be said that I’m not a giver.

        1. What happened to “All lives matter?” Plainly, you do not believe that men and women who have contributed to society for their entire lives have the same Right to Life as you would insist for the preborn. We have the means to provide reasonable protection for everyone at a minimal cost to the economy, but some folks would apparently rather let our elders die than forego a little comfort.

          Not that it would cost you any comfort while you are isolating at your lake house. That is your business, but it becomes public business when you and others who have no skin in the game insist that 160,000 Americans needed to die (and tens of thousands more need to die) to avoid inconveniencing a bunch of spoiled brats from congregating in bars and poolside.

          1. Your original point – you have severe issues with keeping to your original points which is the hallmark of those who make weak arguments, your specialty – was that we’ve “suffered over four times” the number lost during the Battle of Britain and you were “struck with how utterly 40,000 deaths from the Blitz disrupted society.”

            One more time: “You are vastly overestimating the economic impact of the U.S. COVID-19 deaths by wrongly equating the situation with The Battle of Britain where thousands of working age men and women of childbearing age were killed. Over 80% of the deaths in the U.S. due to COVID-19 have been to the retired, aged, and sick, i.e. non-productive members of society.”

            The Democrat demands for unending lockdowns and for wearing masks anywhere and everywhere did not result in “minimal cost to the economy,” they cost the U.S. economy nearly $8 trillion (source: Congressional Budget Office).

            This wild, irrational overreaction to COVID-19 will exact heavy costs that are not yet known, but they do and will include mental health issues, drug abuse, and suicide to name but a few. The blood is on panicked, power-hungry, illogical-as-always Democrat hands.

            1. You might use your time at the lake by learning to read. I was AGREEING with you that mass lockdowns and similar economic disruptions are unnecessary. The virus can be controlled by exactly the sort of reasonable public health measures that you, yourself, advocated in your original post. Please stop attacking me for a radical position that I have never held.

              I will be spending my time praying for the poor lost souls who think that it is more problematic to encourage young people to socially distance than to facilitate the deaths of “nonproductive members of society.”

              My comparison to the Blittz was not to the economic cost, but to the emotional cost of that many random deaths. If Americans cannot similarly feel the pain of 176,000 deaths and can just shrug it off as “it is what it is” or celebrate it as the extermination of undesirables, the American Dream is in big trouble.

            2. TxUser,

              China Flu will pass through everyone until herd immunity is reached, 10% will have symptoms, <.02% will die. All the government imposed oppression like masks and distancing is just an experiment by the elite to find the best way to herd sheep.

              Oh, by the way: Study finds hydroxychloroquine reduces in-hospital COVID-19 mortality

              The research, conducted on 3,451 patients treated in 33 hospitals throughout the Italian territory (list of participating centers attached), shows that the use of this drug reduces by 30% the risk of death in hospitalized patients affected by COVID-19.

          2. This is an issue of individual choice and action. If you are part of a risk category you’d better be thinking about it.. We don’t need “Joe Blow”, “Kamala” or “Trumpfy” TELLING us what to do. The decision and individual makes is their decision to live with and so be it..

            1. It may be a matter of individual choice, but the consequences are not individual. About 50% of the people who are infected catch it from someone who was showing no symptoms at the time they passed it along.

              A wedding reception in Maine led to 53 infections and one death (so far). That does not include 18 staff and inmates in a jail 200 miles away who were also infected by an attendee.

              https://www.newsweek.com/wedding-reception-leads-53-coronavirus-infections-1-death-1527006

              At one point, almost all of the known cases in Jordan traced back to a single wedding where about a quarter of the guests became infected.

              https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/9/20-1469_article

              In short, the persons who have to live or die with your decisions may not be you. I do not think it should be a crime for you to hold a pistol to your temple and blow your brains out. That is not the same as firing the weapon randomly into a crowd. We have laws TELLING us not to do that.

  2. Apple invented Covid-19 in order to sell more iPads to people who never did video chat. Trump is actually Steve Jobs in an orangutan suit. Russia isn’t real! It all makes sense! MY MEDS ARE TALKING TO ME!

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