Apple scraps plan to resume in-store classes over COVID-19 fears

Apple will increase testing of employees and will delay rebooting in-store “Today at Apple” classes in the U.S. this month over COVID-19 fears.

Apple Face Mask
Apple Face Mask

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

This week, the iPhone maker informed staff participating in the company’s at-home testing program with Quest Diagnostics Inc. that they will now receive testing kits twice per week instead of weekly. The company told employees in the program that they are expected to get tested on Mondays and Thursdays.

The company is also planning to expand testing to three times per week for employees in some offices. Apple still isn’t requiring employees to do the tests or receive vaccinations, but the push could help the company eventually secure a full return to the office. Apple had aimed to have staff back in its offices by September, but it recently delayed that plan until October at the earliest. The company now expects to make a full return around February…

Apple also informed staff that it is reversing course on its move to bring back in-person classes at its retail stores in some regions later this month. The company told staff in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Canada that it is pausing that plan…

MacDailyNews Take: Sigh.

15 Comments

  1. As an old socialist once said:

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    Ever going to resume your lives – or are you just going to squander everything away in fear of catching the flu (and likely having few or no symptoms whatsoever)?

    By all means, if you are in a risk group – over 65 (more than 80% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65) with an average of 2.9 comorbidities (cancer, kidney disease, COPD, asthma, dementia (watch out Fauxident Joe, Establishment Puppet), Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, HIV, liver disease, etc.), get vaccinated and stay away from crowds and enclosed spaces for long periods of time.

    But, for the rest of us, the vast, vast majority – for how long are we going to fritter away our precious time here on earth, exactly?

    Grow a pair.

  2. Thank you Apple for taking the right approach. Because right now, the only thing we have to fear are asshats who won’t take a safe and effective vaccine to help keep us all safe.

    1. You are painfully ignorant, MSNBC/CNN propaganda-swallower.

      Although the much-hyped “breakthrough” infections of those vaccinated amounts to practically zero — 7,608 hospitalizations and 1,587 deaths out of 166 million vaccinated — Biden’s puppeteers still bungled the communication so badly that the unthinking vaccinated, who are at almost no risk, are being panicked and shoved back into those filthy masks.

      Biden’s puppeteers are excellent at bungling.

      This will cause economic activity to slow further and put a dark cloud over everyone’s heads when the truth is that the Trump vaccine is working as well as or better than anyone could have hoped.

      There is no reason life cannot return to normal for the vaccinated, but Joe Biden has allowed the fear-porn peddlers in the medical deep state, the fake media, and in Big Tech (including the leftist lapdog Tim Cook) to hijack the truth.

      1. Please sell your iGadgets, sell your mutual funds that invest in these companies you hate so much. Then find a forum where you can misrepresent the political opposition. You are a miserable sack, do us all a favor and spread your manure elsewhere.

          1. I did notice that, but I also noticed that you did not refute what WriterGuy said, even though it appears to be a reply to his post. In fact, your points seem to be perfectly in line with what writer guy said – since you finish with “There is no reason life cannot return to normal for the vaccinated” which encourages people to get vaccinated… Just like writer guy!

    2. Mass psychosis is an epidemic of madness and it occurs when a large portion of a society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions. Such a phenomenon is not a thing of fiction. Two examples of mass psychoses are the American and European witch hunts 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century.

  3. Thomas Sowell, very succinctly and poignantly notes that the liberal elite mind OFTEN ascribes to a policy position because of aesthetics…how it looks, or how it sounds–regardless of effectiveness.

    Making a direct and categoric association to Covid is a bit of a challenge because it’s still “playing out.” With that said, there are examples that follow suit convincingly. Take the politician in New Zealand that advises citizens to not talk with each other and not to go outside for any reason unless absolutely necessary. This is simply excessive…especially when noting there’s one Covid case in the country.

    Per the matter of race, it’s very clear that the liberal elite embraces their policy for aesthetic reasons. They have been advocating the same “bigotry of low expectations” since the ’70’s and the problem is, apparently, alive and well…but they are still believers they are on the right track. It just “looks good” when one gives people stuff and things and lower standards make “entry” easier. Confusing the matter a bit in recent times, they’ve embraced being racist as a way to compensate, pay-back, or diffuse racism of the past…even though those experiencing racism-as-punishment, weren’t alive during the time of infraction. Hmmm.

    But hey…it still “looks good” and makes the liberal elite feel good…I assume.

    1. NZ cases have increased to 10 two days later. In a small country with a limited number of ICU beds the worry is that the number of cases may rapidly increase and impact the wider delivery of health services

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