Calling outbreak of coronavirus an “unprecedented event,” Apple CEO Tim Cook is encouraging employees at multiple global offices to “please do not hesitate to work remotely if your job allows” from March 9 to 13, reports Bloomberg.
Cook sent a memo to employees that expands Apple’s earlier provisions work-from-home for some of the workers Apple California and the Seattle area. He said in the memo that the company “made a major effort to reduce the density of human beings” and remote working policy will apply to offices in “areas with the greatest density of infection.”
In addition to Seattle, the list included Apple offices in Santa Clara Valley and Elk Grove areas of California, as well as offices in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, and the UK, according to Bloomberg.
hourly workers in the office Apples affected around the world will “continue to receive a salary in line with the operating business as usual,” the memo states.
Last month, Apple temporarily closed all retail stores in China because of the outbreak of coronavirus (some already reopened), and the limited company employee travel to the most affected areas, including China, Italy, and South Korea.
Apple told investors in a note on 17 February that due to the impact of the coronavirus, the company does not expect to meet the income guidelines for the second quarter. It warned that “the iPhone worldwide supply will be temporarily restricted.”