Tim Cook Says Austria, Australia Apple Stores to Reopen in 1 to 2 Weeks

(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said that the company plans to reopen its retail stores in Austria and Australia beginning in the next one to two weeks.

Apple has one store in Austria and more than 20 in Australia.

Cook made the announcement in an interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang alongside the release of Apple’s fiscal second-quarter earnings. He also said that he believes that “just a few, not a large number” of stores in the U.S. will re-open in the first half of May.

Cook said that Apple is “going to look at the data and make a decision city by city, county by county, depending on the circumstances in that particular place.” He said he doesn’t think Apple will be the first storefront to reopen in any region.

Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien previously told staff that she is aiming to reopen “many” stores in May. The company shuttered all 458 stores outside of China in March to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has since reopened its only store in South Korea.

Cook also said that its main campus in Cupertino wouldn’t open until at least early June. He said that it would open on a staggered basis with temperature checks, social distancing, masks and that the company is looking into testing.

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