Apple bans NYC shoppers from all NYC stores, as COVID case numbers soar

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Apple temporarily closed all New York City storefronts to in-person customers due to rising coronavirus cases. 

Apple’s massive Fifth Avenue flagship — as well as its Grand Central, SoHo and World Trade Center stores and smaller outlets across the five boroughs — are all closed to shoppers, according to the iPhone maker’s site.

Customers can still order online from the stores.

You can still shop in person at Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey locations. 

These closures are due to the Omicron variant spreading rapidly in New York, causing thousands of workers and doctors to call sick.

All of Apple’s New York City stores are closed to in-person shoppers. REUTERS

Gov. Kathy Hochul cut Friday’s isolation guidance to some fully vaccinated workers who test positive in COVID-19 from ten days to five days.

According to, Apple usually closes stores when 10 percent of its employees have tested positive. 

Apple’s Fifth Avenue flagship is among the stores that are closed to in-person shopping.REUTERS

Apple closed down stores in Florida, Georgia and Texas last week as coronavirus cases rose. 

Apple spokesman Nick Leahy did not respond to a request for details on the company’s New York City store closures but said the company does its best to protect employees. 

“We regularly monitor conditions and we will adjust both our health measures and store services to support the wellbeing of customers and employees,”Leahy shared his thoughts with The Post. “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee and customer masking, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.”

Apple recently closed its stores in Florida, Georgia and Texas to allow customers to shop in person. REUTERS

New York City reported Monday a record number of 17,343 coronavirus cases. The city’s hospitalization rate has more than doubled over the past week as hospitals see a surge of patients infected with the omicron variant, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. 

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