Apple Stores Are Closed Until March 27th

Apple announced that all of its stores are closed until March 27th in an effort to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

So, if you need an Apple device repaired before then, you'll have to take it elsewhere or just wait—pretty much the theme of the next couple of weeks in all areas of life, or until COVID-19 is under control.

In a statement on Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that all retail stores will be shut down, while ones in Greater China will be reopening, as the rate of infections has decreased dramatically.

"The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus's transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance," Cook said. "As rates of new infections continue to grow in other places, we're taking additional steps to protect our team members and customers."

The company will still pay hourly workers while the stores are closed, while other team members who can work remotely are encouraged to do so.

To help keep everyone informed, Apple News launched a new COVID-19 section that offers the latest verified reports from trusted news outlets.