Leicester became the first city in Britain to be placed in a local lockdown on June 29, after public health officials voiced concern at the city’s alarming rise in coronavirus infection rates.
At the time, Leicester accounted for 10% of all positive infection results in the country, and the seven-day rate was three times higher than the next highest city. The rate is now less than half of what it was when extra restrictions were put in place.
Following a gradual easing of the city’s lockdown restrictions, non-essential stores at Leicester’s Highcross shopping center began to reopen on Monday. Safety measures remain in place, including a one-way system in the center, clear signs throughout the center reminding everyone of the need to social distance and to avoid shopping in large groups.
Apple Highcross is reopening (again) tomorrow as lockdown measures in Leicester are eased. This will mark the first time every UK Apple Store is open since March. pic.twitter.com/KMgge0Pj8I — Michael Steeber (@MichaelSteeber) July 28, 2020
For its part, Apple continues to provide face masks to customers and check their temperature at all its brick-and-mortar stores, where it is limiting occupancy. There is also a renewed focus on Genius Support and Apple’s one‑to‑one personalized services.