In accordance with the new epidemic response strategy, Apple is fully opening some Apple Stores in the UK, canceling the requirement to make an appointment to the store, allowing customers to buy as they go.
Since the U.K. government rolled out “Plan B” measures in December to combat a rise in infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Apple has restricted its stores to only customers with appointments. Now, Apple is starting to reopen stores, allowing customers to come in as usual to complete transactions.
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On Friday night, Apple updated the listings of its 17 Apple Stores in the U.K., indicating that they were able to accept in-home customers again. While the rollout is expected to include 38 stores, currently only 17 stores have said they welcome customers to visit.
The list of stores that no longer require an appointment to visit is as follows:
- Brent Cross
- Bromley The Glades
- Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Kent Bluewater
- Lakeside (Essex)
- London Covent Garden
- London Regent Street
- White City
The remaining 21 stores still require appointments to enter, all of which are located in England, with all four stores in Scotland and the only store in Wales belonging to the appointment-only group.
In the coming weeks, Apple may expand this policy to cover the rest of the stores, depending on the development of the pandemic in the UK region and the public’s perception of a series of epidemic prevention policies.