Apple Reclosing Retail Stores as Coronavirus Cases Spike

Apple is reclosing 30 additional stores nationwide due to the increase in Covid-19 cases especially in hard-hit states, according to CNBC. In recent weeks, 47 stores already closed again across the country.

The new closures include its last two stores that were open in Florida and 15 stores in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

That brings the total number of stores that have been shuttered for a second time to 77. Apple has a total 271 stores in the U.S.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesman said. “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.”

Other states impacted by this week’s closures include: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah. 

Apple was among one of the first companies to close its stores worldwide in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

When the company first reopened its stores, Apple offered curbside service and initiated safety measures that included masks and temperature checks. It is unclear how long the closures will take place.