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Apple is opening a number of its UK Apple Stores to walk-in customers, removing the requirement to attend a session with a reservation.
Since the British government introduced “Plan B” measures in December to counter a rise in infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Apple has restricted access to its stores to only customers with an appointment. Apple is now beginning to reopen stores until walk-in commerce.
On Friday evening, Apple updated its store listings for 17 Apple Stores in the UK to say they are once again able to welcome walk-in customers. While the rollout is expected to include 38 stores, only 17 currently say walk-in customers are welcome, reports iMore.
The stores that no longer require an appointment to visit are:
- Brent Cross
- Bromley the glades
- Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Kent Bluewater
- Lakeside (Essex)
- London Covent Garden
- London’s Regent Street
- white city
The remaining 21 stores will still require an appointment to attend and will not be accepting walk-in customers at this time. All stores are based in England, with all four stores in Scotland and the only Wales outlet in the group by appointment only.
Apple is likely to expand the policy to cover the remaining stores in the coming weeks, depending on the pandemic.