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Apple and Nespresso in face masks as stores open with social distance measures

My, how you changed in two months: photos of Apple and Nespresso employees dressed in face masks as shops open with social distance measures

  • Retailers Apple and Nespresso reopened their flagship stores in Sydney CBD this week after the block was lifted
  • Face masks and face shields are among the strict new health and safety protocols and social distance measures
  • Apple reopened its George Street store for renovations for the first time since closing in January
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

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A new makeover wasn’t the only change when Apple’s flagship store in Sydney opened its doors for the first time since the Corona virus crisis.

The technical giant reopened its store on George Street on Thursday, four months after the store was temporarily closed for renovations in January, before the pandemic hit the coast of Australia.

The flagship was the last of Apple’s 22 Australian stores to reopen under strict new health and safety protocols and social distance measures.

Apple celebrated the grand reopening of its flagship store in Sydney CBD, where everyone wears masks

Apple celebrated the grand reopening of its flagship store in Sydney CBD, where everyone wears masks

Security kept a close eye on whether any customer entering Apple's reopened store was wearing a mask

Security kept a close eye on whether any customer entering Apple's reopened store was wearing a mask

Security kept a close eye on whether any customer entering Apple’s reopened store was wearing a mask

Customers who wanted to take a look at the store’s makeover underwent mandatory temperature checks and wore face masks before entering, which all Apple employees also wore.

The store is staffed by security guards and is open for limited hours every day, where everyone must adhere to a two-meter social distance rule.

There are stricter rules at the barricaded entrance to Nespresso’s flagship boutique near George Street, where staff with face shields and masks greeted customers.

The coffee brand reopened its boutique stores across Australia for the first time since early April this week, as the lock restrictions were eased.

New security measures to be enforced include social distance rules, a limited number of people in the shop, personal protective equipment for staff and additional hygiene procedures.

“Boutiques are starting to reopen and we welcome you again, your health and safety remain our priority,” Nespresso said on its website this week.

Near George Street in Sydney, Nespresso also reopened its boutique store this week. Depicted is an employee wearing a face mask and face shield greeting customers at the store entrance

Near George Street in Sydney, Nespresso also reopened its boutique store this week. Depicted is an employee wearing a face mask and face shield greeting customers at the store entrance

Near George Street in Sydney, Nespresso also reopened its boutique store this week. Depicted is an employee wearing a face mask and face shield greeting customers at the store entrance

Apple reopened its flagship George Street store on Thursday, with a limited number of people in the store at any time

Apple reopened its flagship George Street store on Thursday, with a limited number of people in the store at any time

Apple reopened its flagship George Street store on Thursday, with a limited number of people in the store at any time

Apple employees at the CBD store in Sydney returned to work Thursday, four months after the store closed due to renovations

Apple employees at the CBD store in Sydney returned to work Thursday, four months after the store closed due to renovations

Apple employees at the CBD store in Sydney returned to work Thursday, four months after the store closed due to renovations

Apple’s flagship store in Sydney was the first of the technology giant’s Australian store to open in 2008.

The famous glass facades remain intact, but have undergone a major facelift in the store.

Barriers have been mounted outside the store to help manage queues to limit the number of people in the store.

Customers are advised to make an appointment before arrival to avoid a long wait.

Store cleaning procedures have also been in place significant improved.

“We are excited to reopen Apple Sydney and welcome back the customers we missed so much during the renovation,” said Apple senior vice president of retail and people Deirdre O’Brien.

She told Seven News, “The scenery we open today is very different from when we closed in January.”

The grand reopening in Sydney fell on the same day that Apple reopened 100 US stores.

Nespresso staff wear face shields and masks to protect themselves from coronavirus while making locking easier

Nespresso staff wear face shields and masks to protect themselves from coronavirus while making locking easier

Nespresso staff wear face shields and masks to protect themselves from coronavirus while making locking easier

Nespresso customers must adhere to strict new terms when visiting the store's boutique in Sydney

Nespresso customers must adhere to strict new terms when visiting the store's boutique in Sydney

Nespresso customers must adhere to strict new terms when visiting the store’s boutique in Sydney

Facial masks are the new standard for anyone entering a store, such as Nespresso and Apple. Depicted is a woman on Thursday at Apple's flagship store on George Street in Sydney's CBD

Facial masks are the new standard for anyone entering a store, such as Nespresso and Apple. Depicted is a woman on Thursday at Apple's flagship store on George Street in Sydney's CBD

Facial masks are the new standard for anyone entering a store, such as Nespresso and Apple. Depicted is a woman on Thursday at Apple’s flagship store on George Street in Sydney’s CBD

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