Starting Thursday, the company is closing all its stores in the Los Angeles area and some other California locations, as well as stores in Las Vegas, Alabama, Idaho, Oklahoma, Georgia and Louisiana. Apple has also closed stores in states including Texas and Utah, CNBC reported.
After reopening some locations, Apple said last month it was planning to temporarily close some retail stores in four U.S. states - Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida - in view of growing cases of Covid-19.
The move includes stores in especially hard-hit states such as California and Florida, and brings the number of re-closed Apple stores to 77, according to the report.
In a statement, Apple said, "Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas".
The re-closings come about a month after Apple had begun re-opening its USA stores en masse, with the coronavirus outbreak thought to have been waning at the time. Hopefully, however, this ends up being the last tme for the near future that we have to see more retailers opening up their stores only to have to close them again. Apple has now closed two more stores in Florida, St Johns Town Center in Jacksonville, and University Town Center in Sarasota. Apple explains that "Before you enter an Apple Store, we will take your temperature using a thermometer that does not touch the skin to ensure that it measures below 37.5° C (99.5° F)". Prior to your store visit, please ask yourself the following health-related questions: Do I now have a fever, chills, muscle or body aches? If you answered YES to any of these please visit at a later date.