Macy’s Inc. delayed the reopening of some stores shut by coronavirus. Apple Inc. stores that had recently unlocked their doors were boarded back up. Chains from Kroger Co. to Popeyes cut back their hours. And the CEOs of Starbucks Corp. and McDonald’s Corp. organized companywide discussions of the social unrest that has disrupted efforts to restart business as pandemic lockdowns ease.

The widespread protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody had chief executives looking for ways to balance their efforts…

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