Apple is temporarily closing all California stores, a dozen more around U.S. amid COVID-19 surges
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Apple is temporarily closing all 53 of its retail stores California and about a dozen outlets in other states because of COVID-19 surges.
The closures come during the final days of the busy holiday shopping season.
Besides California, Apple is closing, or already has shuttered, all four of its stores in Tennessee, all three in Utah, all four in Minnesota, its two stores in Oklahoma, and outlets in Anchorage, Alaska; and Albuquerque New Mexico, the company says.
California has been the epicenter of the health crisis in recent weeks. Total cases top 1.8 million and there have been more than 22,000 deaths. Average daily cases have increased 10-fold the past seven weeks to more than 40,000.
“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple said in a statement. “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.”
The company also has closed its two stores in Mexico and Brazil, and some in London.