Apple is closing 30 additional stores due to rise in coronavirus cases

A man wearing a protective mask gets his temperature taken before entering an Apple store amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Madrid Spain

Apple to Temporarily Close 30 More US Stores as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Surge REUTERS SUSANA VERA

Apple stores had closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah earlier in the week.

Apple Inc. said it will close more stores again after recent surges in COVID-19 cases in the United States.

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The new store closures will occur in Oklahoma, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Alabama, according to the report. In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires face coverings for employees and customers while also performing temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.

Among the closures are the last two remaining stores opened in Florida and several in the Los Angeles which has seen a resurgence in COVID-19.

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That brings the total number of closures to 77. But renewed concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in the US, and particularly in California, led them to reverse course. According to an analysis by The New York Times , coronavirus cases are increasing in the majority of states, including those in which Apple has made a decision to re-close its stores. This is occurring in states such as California, Florida, Arizona, Texas, and more. Apple says customers with existing online orders and previously scheduled in-store Genius Support appointments are welcome through July 2.

This is particularly relevant for local, since Apple Stores were some of the first retail stores to close prior to any state or national pushes for quarantine, and are often a sort of "canary-in-a-mineshaft" for how certain communities will respond to local infection rates. "These are not decisions we rush into and a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant".

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