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Apple Stores in Australia to re-open as early as next week

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The 21 Australian Apple Stores which were closed during the coronavirus crisis could re-open as early as next week according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Apple boss Tim Cook says plans were already in place to re-open the stores in the next one to two weeks.

Apple says details about the exact opening date and times will be confirmed in the coming days and that the health and safety of its customers will still be a priority.

Apple confirmed the stores will still practice social distance and health protocols which means there will be a restriction on the number of customers who can be in the store at one time.

There will also be temperature checks prior to entry into stores along with enhanced cleaning procedures.

The decision was made to close Australia’s Apple Stores in early March with the aim to re-open them on March 27.

But with lockdowns and restriction strictly in place, Apple decided to keep the stores closed indefinitely.

This announcement from Tim Cook comes as some states start to slowly lift restrictions.

Customers will welcome the re-opening, especially those seeking assistance and repairs from Apple’s Genius Bar.

Apple recommends customers either order products online to be shipped directly or order online for in-store pickup.

During the shutdown, Apple customers have still been able to access home support through the Apple Support app as well as online and on the phone.

While stores have been closed Apple has still managed to launch new products including the MacBook Air, the latest iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard and the iPhone SE.