Apple announced it will close all of its retail stores worldwide except for China because of the coronavirus until at least March 27.
Apple had been limiting customers at many stores this week to reduce density and had canceled its free classes.
In an ironic twist, all Apple stores in China are now open after being shutdown due to the virus which has spread around the world.
Apple said all of its hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations. The company has alsp expanded leave policies to accommodate personal or family health circumstances created by COVID-19 — including recovering from an illness, caring for a sick loved one, mandatory quarantining, or childcare challenges due to school closures.