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Apple Closing Some Stores Again As COVID-19 Cases Rise In Some States: Report

‘Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,’ an Apple spokesperson tells Bloomberg.

Apple is closing some of the U.S. stores that it previously reopened in some states as coronavirus cases rise in those states.

Bloomberg first reported the news. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant told Bloomberg on Friday that it would temporarily close 11 stores in states including Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona -- states that all have seen a steady increase in coronavirus infections in recent days.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg. “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.”

CRN has reached out to Apple for comment.

The Miami Herald reported that Florida, one of the earliest states to reopen, broke another single-day record overnight for coronavirus cases, reaching 3,822 additional cases. The state reported 89,748 so far, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. North Carolina saw its confirmed cases rise to 49,840, while South Carolina recorded 21,533 cases. Arizona, meanwhile, recorded 46,689 cases with 3,246 new cases overnight.

This week, Apple was scheduled to reopen 75 stores across the U.S. in markets such as Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Bloomberg at the time reported that with this latest round of reopenings, the majority of Apple’s 271 retail stores will be open.

Apple had originally closed all of its stores outside China in mid-March "until further notice."

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