Apple Temporarily Shuts California Stores in Virus Surge, Some in UK After New Curbs

Apple has briefly shut all of its 53 shops in California due to a coronavirus outbreak and 16 shops in the UK following restrictions launched by the federal government in London, a spokesman mentioned on Saturday.

The corporate mentioned on Friday it was briefly shutting some shops in California following a surge in COVID-19 instances, sending the iPhone maker’s shares down in buying and selling after the bell. That announcement lined a minimum of 12 shops.

“Resulting from present COVID-19 circumstances in a number of the communities we serve, we’re briefly closing shops in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of warning as we carefully monitor the state of affairs and we look ahead to having our groups and prospects again as quickly as potential,” the spokesman mentioned in an emailed assertion.

Clients would nonetheless be capable of decide up current orders for the following few days, the spokesman mentioned. The assertion didn’t point out when Apple expects the shops to reopen.

Coronavirus instances are growing in america and the UK, with the US, having had over 17.4 million infections and about 3,14,000 deaths.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed an efficient lockdown on over 16 million individuals in England and reversed plans to ease curbs over Christmas. The UK’s different nations, whose response to the pandemic differs from that of England at instances, additionally took motion.

Johnson mentioned London and southeast England would now be positioned in a brand new Tier 4 degree of lockdown and folks in these areas shall be required to remain at residence apart from important causes comparable to work. Non-essential retail will shut, as will indoor leisure and leisure.

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