Apple today confirmed earlier rumors that it plans to close reopened stores in four states. The affected areas include six stores in Arizona, two in Florida, two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.
“Due to the current COVID-19 conditions in the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We have taken this step very carefully as we are closely monitoring the situation. And we look forward to seeing our teams and customers return as soon as possible.
It’s been a month since the company began reopening a handful of locations when states began massive reopening efforts. The company implemented a number of safety measures, including mask requirements, temperature checks and social distance enforcement, as well as efforts to expand cleanliness.
“These are not decisions we make in a hurry,” wrote Retail SVP Deirdre O’Brien at the time. We will not take any action to prevent it from closing again later.
One imagines that the company will approach to reopen in the same way. However, since the government began the process of reopening, several states have increased the number of cases of Covid 19. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, Oregon and Texas recorded high infection rates last week. Given the uncertain nature of the spread of the virus, it looks like this will not be the last time Apple and other retailers will be overturned.
The following locations will be closed starting tomorrow.
- Waterside Shops
- Coconut Point
- South Park
- Northalic Mall
- Chandler Fashion Center
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- San Tin Village
- Scots del Quarter
- La incantada
More information about specific stores can be found on Apple’s site.