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Apple delays return to office indefinitely - Bloomberg News

Apple shuts stores in Miami, Ottawa, Annapolis after rise in COVID-19 cases - Bloomberg News
Apple shuts stores in Miami, Ottawa, Annapolis after rise in COVID-19 cases - Bloomberg News   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p> – Apple Inc is delaying its return to office plans indefinitely, Bloomberg News reported, while the company said it has temporarily closed three stores in the U.S. and Canada after a rise in <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases and exposures among the stores’ employees.</p> <p>The company’s employees were previously set to return to offices on February 1, according to the report, citing a memo sent by Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.</p> <p>Growing worries over the rapidly spreading Omicron coronavirus variant have derailed several companies’ plans for a return to normalcy.</p> <p>Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they did not follow the company’s vaccination rules, according to a report, while JP Morgan Chase & Co has asked its unvaccinated staff in Manhattan to work from home.</p> <p>Apple’s store closures in Miami, Annapolis and Ottawa come a day after the company reinstated its policy requiring all customers at its stores in the U.S. to wear masks.</p> <p>All the employees at the three stores will be tested before the stores are reopened, the company said.</p> <p>Through the pandemic, Apple has closed some stores for short periods of time around the world as coronavirus-related lockdowns were brought in and lifted.</p> <p><span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 cases are rising again in parts of Canada and the United States, with Canada’s government imploring its residents on Wednesday not to leave the country.</p> <p/> </div>