Apple expects to begin reopening retail stores by mid-April, report says
The iPhone maker closed its stores around the globe in response to the coronavirus.
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"In all our offices outside of Greater China, we are extending flexible work arrangements for all team members -- outside of those whose work requires them to be onsite -- through at least April 5, which will then be reevaluated weekly depending on your location," O'Brien wrote in the memo, which Bloomberg said was dated March 23.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, economies around the world are reeling from sudden work stoppages, social distancing measures and lockdowns, which have ground a lot of business to a halt. Spooked Wall Street investors have sold off stocks at rates not seen in decades. And initial reports indicate the unemployment rate across the US has skyrocketed.