Apple today confirmed earlier rumors that it plans to close reopened stores in four states. The affected locations include six stores in Arizona, two in Florida, two more in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.
“Due to the current conditions of COVID-19 in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these regions. We are taking this action with great caution as we closely monitor the situation and look forward to seeing our teams and customers return as soon as possible, “the company said in a statement to ClearTipsNews.
It has been just over a month since the company started reopening a handful of locations, while states have started broader reopening efforts. The company has put in place several protective measures, including mask requirements, temperature controls and forced social distancing, as well as extensive cleaning efforts.
“We are not rushing decisions,” wrote senior vice-president, retail, Deirdre O’Brien, “and a store opening does not mean that we will not take the decision. preventive measure to close it again if local conditions warrant. ”
We imagine that the company will approach re-opening in the same way. However, several states have posted an increase in COVID-19 cases since the government began the reopening process. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Nevada, Oregon and Texas all recorded record infection rates in the past week. Given the uncertain nature of the spread of the virus, it seems likely that it will not be the last time that Apple and other retailers have to reverse the trend.
The following locations will be closed from tomorrow,
- Waterfront shops
- Coconut point
- South Park
- Northlake Mall
Caroline from the south
- Chandler Fashion Center
- Scottsdale Fashion Square
- SanTan Village
- Scottsdale neighborhood
- La Encantada
You can find more information on specific stores on the Apple website.