Apple Closing 30 Additional Stores Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

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According to CNBC, Apple is re-shutting 30 other stores in the US, a development that arrives after the tech beast began re-shutting stores in June as COVID cases rise across the world. 

According to the report, the latest store shutdowns will take place in California, Oklahoma, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, Louisiana, and Alabama. Tomorrow will be the closure of further stores in these areas, the study says. In Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, and South Carolina Apple previously re-closed stores.

Apple did not instantly respond to a call for comment from Business Insider.

“We are temporarily closing down shops in these areas because of existing COVID-19 circumstances in some of the societies we help,” Apple told on a past statement about shop shutdowns. “We are taking this process with a lot of carefulness as we track the situation closely and look ahead to getting our staff and clients back up as soon as practicable.” 

Apple was probably one of the first large retailers to shut down their shops in the mid-March coronavirus pandemic, briefly closing down all retail outlets outside of China. 

The shutdowns come as cases of COVID-19 surge around the US. COVID cases are that in the bulk of states, notably these in which Apple has opted to re-shut its stores, according to a report by The New York Times. Many of these several states, including Florida and Texas, were amongst the first to relax their stay-at-home limitation too.

According to The New York Times, the US laid a further record for fresh cases of coronavirus on the 30th of June as 48k new cases were reported. According to the Times, eight states, including Arizona, Alaska, Idaho, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and South Carolina, have reported one-day highs. 

The company started a phased reopening of the stores in May and had restarted 154 of its 279 stores in the U.S. as of mid-June, and 365 of its 510 worldwide stores. Yet revived fears about COVID-19 spreading in the United States (see here), and especially in California, led them to a reversal course. 

Apple said in May that re-shutting stores would be a choice, as it outlined its approach to reopening, which will harm iPhone sales.

“We are looking at any slice of data available — including local events, nearby and long-term patterns, and recommendations from local and national health officials,” The Deirdre O’Brien, Apple ‘s senior people, and retail vice president told on a letter. “These are not choices we rush into — and opening a store does not in any way mean we are not going to take the proactive step of shutting it again should local circumstances warrant.”