Samsung has become the latest tech company to shut the brick and mortar stores in the US and Canada to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. According to the company, these stores will be closed for an indeterminate time, but its online store, as well as Samsung Care support site, social media support platforms and phone support will remain open. ‘As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, the health and well-being of our employees and customers are our top priority,’ Samsung Electronics America CEO YH Eom said.
The news comes a few days after Apple and Microsoft announced that they have closed their stores globally. ‘All Microsoft Store locations are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 health concerns. We know families, remote workers and businesses are under unique pressure at this time, and we are still here to serve you online at microsoft.com,’ the company said in a post. Microsoft operates 83 stores globally, 73 of which are in the US.
For the safety of our customers and employees, we are closing all global Microsoft Store locations, effective immediately. For help, please visit https://t.co/tzwDaQSY0k. pic.twitter.com/KjMr8TQh3y— Microsoft Store (@MicrosoftStore) March 17, 2020
Last week Apple announced the closure of its stores globally until March 27, however, later it decided to extend the closures indefinitely. The company announced that in order to get services, customers can login to the company’s online store, or they can download the Apple Store app. Customers can visit support.apple.com for support services.