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Apple closes its US store after employees test positive for Covid

According to reports in the media, Apple has shutdown one of its retail outlets in Texas after the outbreak of Covid-19, after four of its employees were revealed to be Covid-19 positive. Following an outbreak of positive Covid cases among Apple employees in Southlake, Texas, the store was shuttered from Wednesday until Sunday.

According to NBC News, following Black Friday on November 26th, the business reported four active cases out of 151 employees at the store, and they promptly shut down the store for safety and precaution. According to the report released late Thursday, a store manager informed colleagues at a meeting that 22 employees “have revealed that they’re positive for Covid-19.”

All personnel will be asked to take a quick antigen test on Sunday before the store reopens on Monday. When four current employees at the Southlake store were interviewed by NBC, they said “Even when they’ve called in ill, they’ve received calls from their boss pushing them to come to work. In two of these cases, the employee had completed the Covid-19 survey, and the results indicated that they should not report to work.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, an Apple spokeswoman stated that the firm has prioritised the health and well-being of its consumers and staff. “As we work to resolve these issues, we will continue to provide our teams with a comprehensive solution that includes frequent testing, daily health checks, employee masking, deep cleaning, and paid sick leave,” the representative said.

Apple reopened all 270 of its retail stores in the United States last year. On March 13, 2020, Apple closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China. As it prepares for a hybrid workplace in 2022, the internet behemoth has set February 1, 2022 as the return date for all of its employees worldwide.
Apple had previously postponed his re-election until at least January 2022, citing a spike in Covid-19’s Delta version cases in the US.



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