Apple will re-close seven U.S. retail stores in the Houston, Texas area as Covid-19 cases rise in the state, the company said on Wednesday.
Apple last week re-closed stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arizona for similar reasons, saying at the time: « 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. »
Apple Store locations tend to be in important shopping centers and malls, and can be seen as an indicator of how smoothly retail operations can re-open in the United States.Â
Apple was one of the first companies to shut its stores around the world in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the company says it is closelyÂ monitoring the Covid-19 situation on a region-by-region basis to make sure its safe to operate its stores.Â
Stores in the U.S. started to re-open in recent weeks with increased safety measures including mandatory masking, space for social distancing, and temperature checks. Many locations are only open for curbside pickup or service by appointment.Â
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