This week, an additional 30 Apple retail stores will be temporarily closed due to rising coronavirus infection rates. The company previously re-closed 47 stores.
According to Apple’s website, they have a total of 271 stores in the United States. With the new closures bringing the total to 77, nearly 30% of its stores are now temporarily closed until further notice.
The reclosing of the additional stores started yesterday with locations in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah. The remainder of the 30 stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma reclosed today.
On Wednesday, a spokesman for Apple mimicked closely the announcement made during previous re-closures stating, “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.”
After the initial re-openings due to the Covid-19 shutdown, Apple implemented a number of safety precautions at all of its locations. Both customers and employees were required to wear masks, in addition to undergoing temperature checks.
These safety precautions remain in effect at stores that will remain open. They will also limit the number of customers allowed inside at the same time.
Currently, the company is not offering any information as to when the closed locations will reopen.
The following list represents newly re-closed stores as of this week. For previous closures, see our list of reclosures published June 22.
Apple is keeping close tabs on coronavirus cases in each state. It is highly recommended that you check the Apple Retail Store Locator before visiting your local store to ensure they are open.
Regardless of your state’s mandate, Apple is requiring all customers to wear a facemask. If you plan to enter, be sure to take a mask with you, and plan to spend additional time there in the event you need to wait in line for entry.