Apple said on Friday that it is temporarily closing some stores in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and North Carolina in the United States, as new cases of the coronavirus in the country continue to rise. The company’s shares, which said the closure would affect 11 stores in these states, were down 0.5 percent. Apple was planning to reopen about 100 stores in the U.S., mostly with kerbstones, but some with the walk-in service, in late May, when restrictions on closure began to ease.
However, cases in the U.S. have steadily increased, with more than 20 lakh people infected and at least 1.18,396 people dead. In a letter to Apple’s customers in May, Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail, said that the company would view data on a local basis and that reclosures were a possibility based on that data.
“These are not decisions we are rushing into – and opening a store does not mean that we will not take the preventive step of closing the store again if local circumstances warrant it,” O’Brien had said.