In a bid to continue to maintain healthy work environments, not only for staffing but for customers as well, Apple has now told Apple Store staff to not encourage customers to try on the demo units of Apple Watch and AirPods.
It would be an understatement to say that the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus has taken a toll on many facets of the tech industry. Even boiling it down to a retail level, companies such as Apple are now taking precautions to help avoid the spread of the virus, even in minimal ways. A report from Business Insider gives a stark example of this.
Apple retail workers have now been told to not encourage customers to try on the demo units of peripherals such as the Apple Watch and AirPods as it may lead to the spread of the virus. Through the report, it appears as though retail workers are not to suggest a customer wear the demo unit. However, at the request of the customer, the employee will still allow it.
Other precautions have been ongoing in regard to Apple Stores. As the virus began spreading at a rapid rate worldwide, Apple Stores have begun to increase daily cleaning procedures and install hand sanitizers around the store. In addition, the total number of stools located on the store floor has been decreased to promote distance between customers.
Finally, retail staff have been given additional sick day leave without it affecting their total allowance.