What you need to know
- Apple has temporarily closed three of its retail stores.
- The stores that were closed are in the United States and Canada.
- Apple closed the stores due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among store employees.
Apple Stores are starting to close due to COVID-19 again.
As reported by Bloomberg, Apple has temporarily closed three of its retail stores due to a rise of COVID-19 cases and exposures among store employees. The three stores affected by the closure are the ones at the Brickell City Centre in Miami, Annapolis, Maryland, and downtown Ottawa.
Apple said in a statement that the closures are part of the company's "comprehensive approach for our teams" that is designed to "support the well-being of customers and employees."
In response to a rise of COVID-19 cases around the world, fueled by the Delta and Omicron variants, Apple has also reinstated its mask mandate in the United States. It said that it is also going to begin limiting the number of customers it allows into its stores at a time.
Apple has temporarily closed a store here and there throughout the year. This is the first time in recent memory, however, that it has needed to close multiple stores at the same time.
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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.