UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced England will enter a second nationwide lockdown lasting 4 weeks, with the closure of non-essential retailers and journey restrictions successfully forcing the closure of all Apple Retailer areas within the nation all through most of November.
Introduced on Saturday, Johnson outlined the plan, which is ready to start out from Thursday and run till December 2. For the four-week interval, shops, retailers, and different hospitality-based providers shall be required to shut, with exceptions for faculties and schools, and locations that serve meals in a takeaway or supply capability.
Residents are to be restricted to assembly one particular person from exterior of their family outdoor, reports BBC Information. Working from residence is inspired the place potential, although important staff are allowed to journey to work.
The brand new restrictions solely apply to England, however comply with different COVID-19 measures being carried out in related international locations. Scotland is ready to start out a brand new set of regional restrictions from November 2, with completely different tiers affecting retailers, eating places, and journey. Wales is at present in a 17-day nationwide lockdown interval of its personal, which can finish on November 9.
How will this have an effect on Apple?
The brand new lockdown will successfully drive 33 of the UK’s 38 Apple Shops to shut from Thursday onward. Of the rest, Cardiff’s St Davids’s 2 Apple Retailer in Wales and Belfast’s Victoria Sq. location are already closed, whereas Glasgow and Edinburgh shops will stay open.
For shoppers, the closures and non-essential journey restrictions will make it tougher to purchase Apple merchandise in particular person, in addition to to choose up or drop off gadgets at shops for help. With the prospect of a lockdown looming for a variety of weeks, most shoppers may have resigned themselves to putting their upcoming preorders for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on-line or through carriers, as an alternative of queueing and selecting it up from shops.
It’s extremely unlikely that the restrictions will have an effect on on-line Apple Retailer orders, as mail order providers will sometimes proceed to function all through such lockdown durations. Nevertheless, the mixture of shoppers transferring to on-line orders in addition to doubtlessly lowered employees numbers at achievement facilities may trigger some supply points down the road.
England is not the one nation the place Apple Shops are temporarily closed as a precaution, however it’s the newest nation to implement more durable measures that additionally have an effect on Apple Shops.
France put itself right into a nationwide lockdown from Thursday, with related orders for folks to remain residence until it is necessary. In Belgium, non-essential retailers and companies that provide private providers are to be closed till mid-December.