According to NBC News’ Zoe Schiffer, Apple closed one of its retail outlets in Southlake, Texas on Wednesday after many of its employees contracted COVID-19. According to NBC News, a manager notified employees on Wednesday that 22 of the store’s 151 employees “had shared that they’re positive for COVID-19,” and four of the store’s 151 employees reported positive instances shortly after Black Friday. Until Sunday, the store will be closed.
According to an NBC News article, there are a few concerning trends regarding the Southlake location. One employee stated that they had previously expressed concerns about their ability to maintain social distance. On Black Friday, he and another employee stated the store was “shoulder to shoulder” packed. Employees at the Southlake business were supposedly requested to come in even if they had called in sick.
They must also be checked frequently for COVID-19: unvaccinated workers must be tested twice a week, whereas vaccinated workers must be tested once a week. A request for comment from the corporation was not immediately returned. For The Verge this month, Schiffer revealed that many of Apple frontline employees are dissatisfied with their working conditions.