Apple shuts store in Texas after employees test coronavirus positive
Texas : Apple has closed down one of its apple stores in Texas in the US after four of its employees tested positive for coronavirus, said a media report. According to NBC News, the Apple store in Southlake, Texas, was closed Wednesday through Sunday following an outbreak of positive Covid cases among staff members.
The store has around 151 employees, four out of them have been reported coronavirus positive after the Black Friday sale.
“The store, which has 151 employees, reported four positive cases immediately after Black Friday on November 26,” according to an internal email obtained by NBC.
Now, 22 employees “have shared that they’re positive for Covid-19,” a store manager told staff during a meeting, the report said late on Thursday.
All employees will be required to take a rapid antigen test on Sunday before the store’s scheduled reopening on Monday.
NBC spoke with four current and former employees at the Southlake store who said “they’ve received calls from their manager encouraging them to come to work, even when they called out sick. In two of these cases, the employee had taken the Covid-19 survey and the results said not to come in.”
Meanwhile, Apple has said that they are committed towards the safety of both employees and the customers.
“As we continue to face these ongoing challenges, we remain committed to a comprehensive approach for our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, employee masking, deep cleaning and paid sick leave,” the spokesperson said.