Apple will be shutting down its 30 additional stores in the United States due to the increasing cases, according to the company’s statement. Apple stores in California, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma will be closing by Thursday.
Apple stores tend to be in highly trafficked malls and shopping centers, and the fact that they are reclosing in such large numbers can be seen as a negative indicator of how smoothly retail operations can restart in the United States amid the coronavirus.
“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,” said an Apple spokesperson.
The last two remaining stores in Florida and Los Angeles also will be in the list of stores that are going to shut down. Apple was one among the first stores to shut down globally over COVID-19 pandemic, but the company reopened its stores in the U.S. with safety precautions including masks and temperature checks, but it again had to close down its stores due to the rising rates of the pandemic.