To update: Apple announced on June 25 that 14 additional stores in Florida will re-close on June 26. See below for the full list.
Apple is re-closing more of its U.S. retail stores as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many states. As of June 25, seven stores in the Houston area will temporarily close.
Apple began reopening its stores in the United States in mid-May and has continued to return employees to work throughout June. Today alone, 28 stores were reopened in the United States in Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin. At the same time, stores in regions that have become COVID-19 access points are being closed again, just a few weeks after receiving customers again.
Just under a dozen stores closed June 20 in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona. As a leading retailer in the pandemic response, Apple stressed from the outset that it would take the precautionary step of closing again if local conditions worsen.
The following stores will close again from June 25:
- Highland village
- First Colony Mall
- Houston Galleria
- Commemorative city
- Willowbrook Mall
- The forests
The following stores will close again from June 26:
- Boca Raton
- The galery
- Lincoln Road
- Brickell City Center
- The falls
- Florida shopping center
- Gardens Mall
- International plaza
- Wellington Green
Apple reiterated its thinking behind the closings:
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 great caution as we closely monitor the situation and hope that our teams and clients will return as soon as possible. For help with an Apple product, more ways to buy, or additional information about our stores, visit http://apple.com/retail.
Outside of the US, all but 23 of Apple’s 239 international stores have reopened. Four additional locations in Quebec will open this week.
Some areas are managing COVID-19 well. Apple takes every precaution when you are inside its store. But then you leave the bubble. Opening stores attracts people to stay in shopping malls. The online store is fine. If staying closed slows down the infection even a little bit, shouldn’t they?
– Michael Steeber (@MichaelSteeber) June 24, 2020
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