Apple is reclosing 14 extra of its retail places in Florida attributable to a resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances. Of the 18 Apple Store places in Florida, solely two at present stay open, one in Jacksonville and one other in Sarasota, in response to Bloomberg. The tally of closed US Apple shops is at present at 32, which represents 10 p.c of the corporate’s whole variety of 272 shops within the nation.
Apple final month started reopening a majority of its US retail places. Yet final week noticed Apple’s first wave of retailer reclosures in Florida, in addition to Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Despite Apple’s staggered strategy to reopening its shops that began in late May, the variety of COVID-19 circumstances throughout the US — significantly in states which have extra rapidly reopened — has began to spike.
Several states have begun to permit procuring in individual at retail shops, and steerage has been loosened on eating in public. However, because the US recorded 38,672 optimistic COVID-19 circumstances on June 24th, a record-high quantity for a single day, it’s additional proof that the specter of the novel coronavirus seems removed from over.
The remark Apple offered to Bloomberg at the moment mirrors what it advised The Verge final week relating to these preliminary reclosures. “Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesperson advised The Verge. “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.”