Apple to Re-Close 14 Florida Stores Due to Increased Covid-19 Rates

Customers walk away before entering an Apple Store during the first phase of reopening after the closure of COVID-19 in New York City, New York, USA, June 17, 2020.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Apple will re-close 14 stores in Florida as Covid-19 cases increase in the state, the company said Thursday. Stores will close again on Friday.

The closings come after Apple re-closed seven retail stores in Texas on Wednesday, and 11 stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona last week. Apple has announced the closure of 32 stores in the United States.

An Apple representative said in a statement: “Due to the current conditions of COVID-19 in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with great caution while closely monitoring the situation. and we hope that our teams and clients return as soon as possible. “

Apple stores tend to be in major shopping malls and malls, and can be seen as an indicator of how well and where retail operations in the United States can reopen. Florida closings span six counties: Hillsborough, Orange, Seminole, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade.

Apple was one of the first companies to close its stores worldwide in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, although some stores in the US have reopened in recent weeks with increased security measures including masking. mandatory, space for social distancing and temperature controls. Many locations are only open for pickup or curb service by appointment.

Here’s the full list of stores that will re-close in Florida on Friday:

  • The galery
  • The falls
  • Adventure
  • Lincoln Road
  • Dadeland
  • Brickell City Center
  • Wellington Green
  • Boca Raton
  • Gardens Mall
  • Millenia
  • Florida shopping center
  • Altamonte
  • International plaza
  • Brandon