After almost two months of nationwide store closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has begun to open more and more of its retail locations across the country. Last week, the reopenings were extremely limited, starting with a handful of locations in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama and Alaska.
Apple only has six stores in those states. Four of them were given the green light. Apple Boise Town Square in Boise, Idaho was opened on Monday, May 11th, while the three other locations — Apple King Street in Charleston, S.C., Apple The Summit in Birmingham, Ala. and Apple Bridge Street in Huntsville, Ala. — opened on Wednesday the 13th.
This week, starting on Monday the 18th, Apple will open an additional 25 stores in Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Colorado, California and Washington. Stores in California and Washington will provide curbside services only. (See full store lists at the bottom of this article.)
More reopening announcements are expected to come through May and June. You can check the status of your nearby Apple store on Apple’s retail page.
At reopened locations, Apple will implement temperature checks on customers upon entry and, like most grocery stores operating during the quarantine, only permit a limited number of people inside at one time. The policy, born out of caution, may cause extra wait time outside the store. Customers will also be screened for other COVID-19 symptoms, such as a cough.
Face masks will be a mandatory for everyone entering stores. Apple will provide masks to customers who don’t have one.
“Our team is constantly monitoring local heath data and government guidance, and as soon as we can safely open our stores, we will,” an Apple representative told CNBC on Friday.
Apple said it will focus on “one-on-one, personalized services” and Genius Bar tech support at reopened stores and encourage shoppers to buy products online for contactless delivery or in-store pickup.
Apple operates 271 stores in the U.S. and 510 globally. The vast majority of Apple stores outside China have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic. Over the past four weeks, select locations have reopened in South Korea (April 18), Austria (May 5) and Australia (May 7). Stores in Germany and Switzerland will also begin reopening this week.
As of May 17, about 100 Apple stores globally had reopened doors to customers in some capacity, Apple’s retail and human resources chief Deirdre O’Brien said in an open letter. Yet, as U.S. states closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 after relaxing quarantine measures in some parts of the economy, reopened Apple stores could close again if local shutdown measures are restored, O’Brien warned.
List of stores opening in the week of May 18:
Altamonte (Altamonte Springs): May 18
Florida Mall (Orlando): May 18
Millenia (Orlando): May 18
St. Johns Town Center (Jacksonville): May 18
Kahala (Honolulu): May 18
Royal Hawaiian (Honolulu): May 18
Ala Moana (Honolulu): May 18
Woodland Hills (Tulsa): May 20
Penn Square (Oklahoma City): May 20
The Promenade Shops at Briargate (Colorado Springs): May 18
Arden Fair (Sacramento): May 18
Roseville (Roseville): May 18
Higuera Street (San Louis Obispo): May 18
Vintage Faire (Modesto): May 20
Del Monte (Monterey: May 20
Fashion Fair (Fresno): May 20
Valley Plaza (Bakersfield): May 20
Tacoma Mall (Tacoma): May 18
Southcenter (Tukwila): May 18
Bellevue Square (Bellevue): May 18
River Park Square (Spokane): May 18
Alderwood Mall (Lynwood): May 18
University Village (Seattle): May 18
Update: This article has been updated with new store reopening announcements and safety guidelines updated for the week of May 18.