According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple Inc. has announced the temporary closure of all Apple Stores located in the Los Angeles, California, area.
While the tech behemoth has had to re-close stores in other states before, this is the first time Apple will be closing down retail stores in L.A. after the initial shutdown of Apple Stores across the globe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic back in March.
Being one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S., Los Angeles has turned into the biggest hotspot for COVID-19 activity. Apple’s decision is the result of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Greater L.A. area.
While it is sad to see Apple Stores closing down once again, shutting down retail locations in areas with increased COVID-19 activity is right in-line with Apple’s COVID-19 response, as described by Apple’s Head of Retail Deirdre O’Brien.
According to its official website, Apple will be shutting down a total of 13 stores — 11 on Saturday, and 2 on Friday. The locations being closed will include the outlets at The Grove and Beverly Center shopping centers — the largest in the area.
While the closure is temporary, when Apple plans on reopening these stores is currently unknown.
As of writing, it’s unclear if Apple Stores in Canada will be closing again, but we are sure Apple is tracking COVID-19 activity across the country as we speak.