Apple Continues Store Closures Amid Covid-19 Spike, Now Shuttering 14 Locations in Florida

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Apple is continuing with store closures in areas that are experiencing significant spikes in coronavirus infections, and tomorrow, 14 retail locations in Florida will be shut down.


The Galleria, The Falls, Aventura, Lincoln Road, Dadeland, Brickell City Centre, Wellington Green, Boca Raton, The Gardens Mall, Millenia, Florida Mall, Altamonte, International Plaza, and Brandon will close tomorrow, and customers with devices being repaired at those locations should initiate pickups today.

Apple today closed seven retail stores located in the Houston, Texas area, where coronavirus cases are surging. Highland Village, First Colony Mall, Houston Galleria, Memorial City, Willowbrook Mall, Baybrook, and the Woodlands in Texas are now closed with no planned reopening date.

Last week, Apple shuttered stores in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina, even as it worked to reopen stores in other locations across the United States. With the additional store closures in Florida, just two stores in the state will remain open -- St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville and University Town Center in Sarasota.

U.S. Apple Stores began reopening in May, and ahead of when store closures restarted last week, more than 150 of the 271 stores in the United States had reopened. When stores started opening again, Apple's retail store chief Deirdre O'Brien made it clear that Apple would not hesitate to close stores again if additional outbreaks demanded it.

"These are not decisions we rush into - and a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant," O'Brien said.

Apple's decisions on store closures and store openings are based on data evaluation, such as local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. Apple is continuing with store reopenings in areas where Covid-19 infections are dropping. In the Greater Toronto Area, for example, Apple retail stores are opening up on Monday, June 29, which will mean all stores in Canada will be up and running.

In stores that have reopened, Apple is implementing safety measures that include mandatory masks, social distancing, frequent cleaning, temperature checks, and more. In some locations, stores are open only for repairs and curb-side pickup, while others are open but with a limited number of people allowed in at one time.

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Most ridiculous thing ever closing stores over this, yet alone the economy. And yes I am one of those people who refuses to wear a face mask in public.
I agree. Close a store down completely is silly. At least allow pick up, or curb side. Cases mean nothing. Look at the deaths. Deaths have been steadily going down and down. We need to stop focusing on cases. This is about deaths and ICU's.... but everyone has an agenda these days.
 
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The last week doesn't look like going down so there is that, might still be a statistic fluke, but ±800 deaths/day isn't really something to brag about.
Clearly you struggle how on to read a chart. To suggest its not trending downward is mind-boggling. Also, if you think we aren't over reporting deaths or cases you're asleep at the wheel. The CARES Act pays when you report and find them. Hospitals are losing money on elective surgery postponements. They gotta make up the money somewhere. Which is why some states like PA, NY, etc had to update their numbers because they reported wrong.
 

itsmilo

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It’s been mandatory to wear a mask here for like 2 months and I haven’t even thought about it in a while. I’d rather put a piece of fabric in my face than have another complete shut down of everything. Berlin was dead in March and April. We don’t need that again

It's worth noting a lot of these countries, not the US and UK have pretty much stopped testing and are just doing herd immunity. Which is what we should have done from the start and this would have passed a month ago. Ask Sweden!
and which countries may that be?
 

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Most ridiculous thing ever closing stores over this, yet alone the economy. And yes I am one of those people who refuses to wear a face mask in public.
You are making a mistake. Please care enough about other Americans to humor them, at the absolute least. If you want stores open, wear a mask! Even if you’re right (and you’re not) about COVID, if you want people comfortable with shopping please put on a mask around strangers. Please.
 

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I agree. Close a store down completely is silly. At least allow pick up, or curb side. Cases mean nothing. Look at the deaths. Deaths have been steadily going down and down. We need to stop focusing on cases. This is about deaths and ICU's.... but everyone has an agenda these days.
Erm....you do realise more cases leads to more deaths and ICU admissions? The more people have it the more likely the vulnerable are to get sick.
 
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The fact that you’re proud to proclaim that you don‘t give a darn about anybody else’s health is astounding to me.
Or... those who are compromised should know better to take care of themselves, instead of 98% of the population pausing and destroy futures for. Average age of a covid death is greater than life expectancy itself. No grandpa would ever ask to save his life over his children or grandchildren's future for him. People should take their own responsibility.
 
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