A third national lockdown has come into effect in France, preventing people from leaving their homes unless they have specific reasons, such as leaving for work or school, buying essentials or attending medical appointments.
Apple has closed all of its 20 stores across the country as a voluntary measure, for the safety of its employees and customers.
The “shopping for essential supplies“ and “professional supplies” rule could allow Apple’s stores to remain open as it offers technical support and goods that could be classed as essential.
The French government announced the restrictions after the number of COVID-19 cases increased exponentially during February and March. Other countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain, have also implemented lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Apple Stores, classified as “non-essential retail”, are set to open in the UK on 12th April.