Apple's retail stores are responding to the growing threat of the novel . The company has closed its stores throughout Italy after the country went on lockdown, halted its in-store education sessions elsewhere, and reduced other potential chances for staff and customers to transmit the virus.
The company hasn't made official announcements but has instead chosen to leave notes on its website. The pages for each of the Italian stores it operates now show that the stores are closed, with an indication of potentially reduced hours in the future. The company's Today at Apple sessions, meanwhile, have been "paused" as a "precautionary measure," the company wrote on its retail store pages throughout the Americas.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The moves show how the world's most highly valued tech company is navigating the coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Early research indicates the virus. As it has spread around the world, , companies have told staff to work from home, and have delayed releases and shut down operations. Even Disneyland .
The pandemic is having an impact on the company's bottom line. In February, Appleas a result of work stoppages in China. As a result, Apple said its revenue would likely dip as well.