Apple will shut more than 20 of its retail locations in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas due to coronavirus cases continue to surge in those states, according to Bloomberg.
“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple reported in a statement . “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.”
Moreover, the move comes after Apple closed more than 50 retail locations in California due to the coronavirus pandemic last month. Also, the company has also temporarily shuttered its stores in the Washington DC area ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday.
On other hand, the Retail stores in California have been allowed to remain open under the state’s stay-at-home order but have been required to operate at limited capacity, in addition to following protocols on masks and social distancing.
Earlier in May, Apple reported that it had been able to reopen about 100 stores worldwide, with safety measures in place. It also added curbside options in many locations and said stores would open and close based on COVID-19 cases and guidelines.