Apple to close retail stores in 4 states amid coronavirus spikes
Apple (AAPL) temporarily closes stores in U.S. states where COVID-19 cases have increased significantly in recent weeks. The company emailed the move to Yahoo Finance that the company will be closing its retail stores with caution as of June 20.
The stores to be closed are located in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, four states with the highest 7-day average of new coronavirus infections since the pandemic in the United States.
"Due to the current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities in which we operate, we are temporarily closing businesses in those areas," Apple said in a statement to Yahoo Finance.
An employee wearing protective facewear on the right monitors customer flow in an Apple retail store along Lincoln Road Mall during the new coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky).
"We are taking this step with great caution as we are closely monitoring the situation and look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible."
Apple closed all stores around the world during the corona virus pandemic, initially focusing on China, where the virus first appeared. When the outbreaks subsided and Apple opened stores in the country, the virus spread to other regions and forced Apple to close all stores outside of mainland China.
Apple was one of the first to close its stores, so it serves as a kind of indicator of conditions in regions affected by the virus. It is not yet known how long the shops will be closed or when they will reopen.
Here is a list of the stores that Apple closes:
- Waterfront shops
- Coconut point
- South Park
- Northlake Mall
- Haywood Mall
- Chandler Fashion Center
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- SanTan Village
- Scottsdale Quarter
- La Encantada
There are over 2 million coronavirus cases in the United States (graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)
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