Apple has reopened all its stores in the US for business as the country gradually emerges from coronavirus lockdowns.

The company operates 270 stores in the country, and the development was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson. The news was first reported by 9to5Mac.

It is the first time all Apple’s US stores are operating since their closure in response to the Covid-19 pandemic last March. The company has since been reopening and reclosing its stores due to surges in the number of Covid-19 cases across the country and government restrictions.

The iPhone maker said that all the stores are operating in limited ways, whether in-store shopping or online order pickup and they are not open for full walk-in.

The company reported that its branches in Texas, which were the last to be closed, reopened on 1 March.

Customers are advised to check Apple’s website before planning a store visit in case it is appointment-only or limited service.

The retailer is continuing to implement safety measures including mandated face masks and limited numbers in stores.

Elsewhere in the world, Apple is keeping its stores temporarily closed in France, Brazil and the UK. It is reportedly planning to open two stores in Mexico on 2 March.

The US continues to record new Covid-19 infections and deaths. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that 49.8 million people had been given at least one vaccine dose so far.