Apple is closing some stores in the U.S. again due to spikes in COVID-19

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What you need to know

  • Apple is temporarily re-closing some stores in the U.S. again.
  • Eleven stores in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina are impacted.
  • Closures are happening again in areas that are seeing spikes in cases of COVID-19.

Apple is once again closing some of its retail locations across the United States after some states have begun to experience spikes in cases of COVID-19.

Reported by Bloomberg, the closures are currently impacting stores located in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A spokesperson for Apple says that the company is taking these measures "with an abundance of caution."

"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."

Customers who have devices being repaired at those locations will have until the end of the weekend to pick up their device, according to Apple. Employees of those stores will continue to be paid while the location is closed.

"The stores being closed are Waterside Shops and Coconut Point in Florida, Southpark and Northlake Mall in North Carolina, Haywood Mall in South Carolina, and Chandler Fashion Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arrowhead, SanTan Village, Scottsdale Quarter and La Encantada in Arizona."

Over half of Apple's retail locations have been reopened across the world. Apple's move to re-close some of its locations matches language from Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's Vice President of Retail and People, who said that the company would temporarily close stores again if the local environment required it.

Apple has not yet said when it plans to reopen these locations.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.