Reportedly, Apple plans to reopen its five Beijing stores on February 14, albeit with limited opening times, through Reuters. The stores will be the first to reopen in China since Apple closed its stores on February 1 due to concerns about the corona virus.
The company’s five Beijing stores – Sanlitun, Apple Mall China, Chaoyang Joy City, Wangfujing and Xidan Joy City – are open on the 14th from 11 am to 6 pm, instead of the usual timing from 10 am to 10 pm. (Those limited hours are still present until at least February 20, according to the Apple website).
So far, those five Beijing stores are the only ones to reopen. Apple has yet to say when the remaining Chinese stores will reopen.
The coronavirus – formally called COVID-19 – has seen 60,000 confirmed cases and 1,370 deaths going out. In the weeks since the virus emerged, the World Health Organization has announced a global public health emergency, with the US Department of Foreign Affairs providing travel advice because airlines have limited flights to China independently. Concern about the virus has also canceled major events such as MWC 2020 in recent days.