Apple announced Friday that 11 of its stores in four US states will temporarily close this weekend after a spike in coronavirus cases in those states.
Reported by Bloomberg, the closures are currently impacting stores located in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A spokesperson for Apple says that the company is taking these measures “with an abundance of caution.”
“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” explains the spokesperson. “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.”
The company was one of the first to close its US outlets because of coronavirus. In March, Apple closed all its retail stores across the country to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
By mid-May, it had reopened more than 100 stores on the condition that staff and customers wore face masks, enforced temperature checks at the doors and conducted daily deep cleanings.
US COVID-19 cases passed 2 million last week, and several states are now reporting an increase in cases as lockdown orders ease and businesses begin to reopen. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CNN on June 12 that the current surge in new coronavirus cases isn’t a second wave.