Apple closing 11 retail locations amid new COVID-19 spike in US
Apple will close 11 of its Apple Stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arizona due to new local COVID-19 spikes.
The Cupertino tech giant had begun reopening select U.S. retail locations in May with new social distancing and hygiene measures. Apple shuttered all of its U.S. locations due to coronavirus in March.
Now, after positive coronavirus cases are spiking in recently reopened states, Apple is taking steps to once again shutter locations. Apple customers who have devices at these locations for repairs will have through the weekend to retrieve them.
"Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible," Apple said in a statement to the news outlet.
Among the states where Apple Stores are being closed again, several have reported new record high numbers of COVID-19 cases after reopening their economies, according to CNBC.
The stores closing are:
- Chandler Fashion Center
- La Encantada
- SanTan Village
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- Scottsdale Quarter
- Coconut Point
- Waterside Shops
- Northlake Mall
- Haywood Mall