Apple temporarily closes California store, mounting virus cases

Apple has temporarily closed all 53 of its retail stores in California after reaching new records of coronovirus cases in its home state this week. A list of stores on the phone manufacturer’s website reflects the change, which does not affect the border states Arizona and Nevada.

The move suggests that a major technology company is trying to reduce the spread of the virus to employees and consumers, despite the potential commercial impact.

“Due to the current Kovid-19 conditions in some communities, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesperson told CNBC in an email. “We take this step with caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to getting back to our teams and customers as soon as possible.”

The spokesperson said customers can still pick up existing orders and products that Genius Bar has repaired within the next few days.

On Friday, Bloomberg reported that Apple temporarily closed its stores in the Los Angeles area a day later The state said The Southern California intensive care unit was run out of beds.

California on Wednesday said it had 53,711 new Kovid-19 cases, breaking the record of 35,729 set on Sunday.

Four of the state’s five geographic areas are currently complying to stay at home orders, which allow retail stores to operate indoors at a capacity of 20 million. Shops should apply entry metering, and no meeting or drinking is allowed.

In March, as the virus began to spread in the US, Apple said it was closing all stores outside of China by March 27. Some American stores reopened for curbside service, and in the early summer Apple closed more American stores. Jumped off

The store’s closure has had an impact on Apple’s AppleCare support business this year, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri said in April.

An Apple spokesman said customers could shop, get product support and find store information on the company’s website.

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