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One of those lessons is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance.

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Apple Inc said late on Friday it will close all its retail stores, except those in Greater China, for the next two weeks to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.

“We will be closing all of our retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter apple.co/2w768jZ posted on the company’s website.

“In all of our offices, we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China,” he added. “That means team members should work remotely if their job allows.”

Apple reopened all 42 of its branded stores in China on Friday.

More retail outlets are likely to follow Apple’s lead.

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Updated March 17, 2020

Apple now states stores will remain closed until further notice.

Microsoft has closed all it’s retail stores. Others are doing so as well.

Online ordering remains available. Amazon is hoping to hire an addition 100,000 employees in the U.S. to meet the demand.