Earlier this week, Apple announced it was closing its retail stores until 27 March to help curb the spread of COVID-19. However, the Apple website now states that these stores will be closed “until further notice,” showing that the company is stepping up its precautionary measures worldwide.

This indefinite closure affects all Apple Stores outside Greater China, a region in which Coronavirus now seems to be in decline. China hit its peak well in advance of the rest of the world, but severe measures have helped get things back on track to normality. As such, its Apple Stores have reopened, though they’re still operating at reduced hours.

It’s worth noting that Apple Support remains open for telephone and web chat, where customers can still initiate repairs online if they have a faulty device. Apple has also extended its returns policy until its stores reopen, so anyone who recently made a purchase won’t be stuck with an unwanted device.

If you missed it, be sure to read yesterday’s post about the various ways Apple is responding to the pandemic.