US carriers aren't the only ones closing the doors of their stores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apple has announced that its retail stores are closed "until further notice." The company has posted a banner at the top of its website confirming the closure and telling customers that they can still make purchases and get free delivery when they buy from Apple's website or app. Support is available online or by calling 1-800-275-2273.
On a dedicated FAQ, Apple says that it's closing all retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27th.
For customers who recently purchased a product with a 14-day return period that'll expire before March 28th, Apple will accept the return for up to 14 days after the stores reopen. The exceptions to this include contracted phones in the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia, carrier financing in the US, and trade-in devices.
Finally, Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that all of the company's hourly workers will continue to be paid in alignment with business as usual operations during the closures.
Apple Stores are often crowded places, with lots of folks coming in to play with Apple's devices in addition to the people getting product support and buy devices. Because of this, it's a good decision for Apple to temporarily close its stores to fight the spread of the coronavirus.