Apple will close some stores again as COVID-19 cases reappear

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Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during a special event on September 10, 2019 in the Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s Cupertino, California campus.

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Stocks rolled over to trade lower on Friday after Apple said it would reclose some stores in Florida and Arizona given their recent spikes in coronavirus cases. Shares of Apple are down about 0.5%.

A total of 11 Apple stores will close in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arizona. Customers who have products in those stores for repair will have the weekend to get their devices back, Apple said.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. 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,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement. 

Apple previously closed its stores around the world in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. But, in recent weeks they had started to re-open with safety measures including mandatory masking, curb-side pickup in certain regions, and service by appointment.

Apple said earlier this week that it planned to re-open stores in New York City and that it was aiming for more than 200 U.S. stores to be open by the end of the week. 

The full list of Apple stores closing is below:

Florida

– Waterside Shops

– Coconut Point

North Carolina

– Southpark

– Northlake Mall

South Carolina

– Haywood Mall

Arizona

– Chandler Fashion Center

– Scottsdale Fashion Square

– Arrowhead

– SanTan Village

– Scottsdale Quarter

– La Encantada

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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