Manzana has reopened this week three of the four stores in the Madrid’s community, including the most important store in the capital, which is located in the Sun Gate. The United States technology brand reopened on November 17, almost three months after an August 21, it made the decision to close its stores in the community due to the increase in coronavirus infections.
The Cupertino (California) -based company has opened next to its Puerta del Sol stores, the Parquesur shopping center in Leganés, and the Gran Plaza 2 in Majadahonda. According to the Apple website, the store in the Xanadú shopping center, in Arroyomolinos, also in the Community of Madrid, remains closed.
This reopening will not however be complete as it was before. Apple has prepared a special provision so that there can be no accumulations of people, and in fact it is only possible to attend by appointment, in some ‘stands’ specially placed at the entrance of the stores.
From Apple they are informing their customers that stores cannot be freely accessed to look at products, nor can they go to technical service normally. For all this, as it has been until now, it is necessary to request an appointment and meet with the technician at a specific time. In reality, they point out, Apple stores in Madrid are not open as they were before, but they have opened the blinds after three months to resume a certain activity.
The brand’s own website indicates that “the store is open to collect products purchased online and to receive technical support by appointment. At the moment, we are unable to serve walk-in customers. We hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Other cities no
Other cities where Apple closed during the past months, such as Zaragoza, Murcia and ValladolidHowever, they still do not reopen the Apple stores they have. The award for the store that has been closed the longest is taking it Venice port in Zaragoza, which on November 19 is still closed after having locked the door on no less than August 7.
Zaragoza takes the cake as the store that has been closed the longest by Apple
A month and a half later, the other two Apple stores that are currently closed, such as Valladolid and Murcia, which closed on September 23, closed. In the case of the Castilian store, it is inside the shopping center Rio Shopping, so the obligation to close them was more than enough for the closure. In the case of the Murcian store, it is also located in the shopping center New Condomina. At the moment these three stores are still closed while their regions try to control the increase in coronavirus infections.
Other Apple stores in large cities in Spain, such as the two in Barcelona – shopping center The engineer Y Paseo de Gracia– or the one in Valencia, they have not closed at any time, nor has the store in the La Cañada shopping park -Marbella- closed.
Employees without ERTE
Employees who have been without working for Apple for several months have not suffered any temporary employment regulation file -ERTE-, a formula that Apple has not accepted, whose stock market value, of more than 2 billion dollars, exceeds comfortably the GDP of Spain in a whole year.
The data affirm that the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Community of Madrid is good, since the number of infected has decreased, hospital pressure is also reducing, and, in addition, the cumulative incidence to 14 days is below 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, specifically 297.9.
The data in the Community of Madrid are improving, with an incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days of 297.9
Although the Government of PSOE and Podemos asked for more restrictions to the regional executive of Ayuso, it decided to confine the basic health areas to the perimeter and increase the antigen tests in the neighborhoods, doing massive screening of the population.
The data has improved so much that some international media praise Ayuso after lowering the curve of the coronavirus pandemic. This is reflected in the newspaper Die Welt, which has published an extensive report by the DPA Agency in which it analyzes the evolution of the Spanish capital “which has astonished researchers” because, for example, Germany is currently in one of the worst moments of the pandemic.