Update, October 31 (3:07 pm ET): England has introduced that it’s going to go into lockdown on November 5
A number of experiences recommend that England is bracing itself for a second lockdown to fight COVID-19, which is able to doubtless pressure Apple shops within the nation to shut.
A supply has confirmed to iMore that the UK is anticipated to enter a four-week ‘Tier 4’ lockdown which is able to pressure pubs, eating places, bars, and retail shops to shut.
The federal government is because of maintain a press convention at 5 pm UK time, after the information of a potential second lockdown was leaked. Additionally reported by ITV‘s Robert Peston:
These are the measures to be introduced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at his 5 pm press convention, as I perceive it. They are going to final till December 2.
And they’re, in impact, a brand new “Tier 4” that might be imposed for a month initially to the entire of England – in a bid to curb an increase in coronavirus instances.
All pubs and eating places are to shut, although takeaways and deliveries might be permitted.
All non-essential retail will shut, although supermarkets will not should observe the Welsh instance of fencing off non-essential items.
This doubtless ensures that Apple might be compelled to shut its England retail operation (32 whole shops) from Thursday, November 5, till December 2. The announcement is but to be confirmed formally by the federal government, however experiences are that MPs might be requested to vote on the measures subsequent week earlier than they’re enacted. The BBC carries the same report confirming non-essential retail outlets should shut.
The restrictions is not going to apply to the remainder of the UK. Shops in Northern Eire and Wales are already closed, and Scotland will enter a brand new tier system on November 2, though it’s not anticipated that any shops within the nation should shut below presently proposed restrictions.
Replace, October 31 (3:07 pm ET) — England has introduced that it’s going to go into lockdown on November 5
In a press convention on Halloween, Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced that England will go right into a lockdown starting on Thursday, November 5 that can final 4 week. Nonessential companies will shut, confirming that Apple Shops will doubtless be utterly closed to the general public throughout that point.
Whereas Apple has not responded to the information but, we anticipate this to incorporate shops working below their Specific storefront format. It can additionally affect those that deliberate to select up their new HomePod mini, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Professional Max in retailer on launch day. Fortunately not one of the gadgets have been accessible to preorder earlier than the announcement, so prospects will almost certainly solely have the choice to order to residence supply and never have to determine the best way to change up their order after it had already been positioned.