Apple is shuttering all 53 of its stores in California, as well as more than a dozen stores across Tennessee, Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom, because of a surge of coronavirus cases in those places, the company said.
“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” Apple said in a statement. “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.”
The closings began Saturday.
Even though Apple has an extensive online catalog, the closings come at a traditionally busy time of year for brick-and-mortar stores ahead of Christmas.
The closings in California were announced late Friday after the company had earlier said it would close stores in the Los Angeles area. California has been setting records for new virus cases in a single day, and reported just 2 percent availability of beds in its intensive care units on Saturday.