9to5Mac’s (*53*) Steeber seen a attention-grabbing coincidence in the present day: the corporate has temporarily closed each single retail retailer in California, many extra throughout the US, each stores in Mexico, each stores in Brazil, and is about to shut 16 extra stores throughout the UK. As Steeber factors out, that’s practically 100 stores if we embrace ones it closed in Germany and the Netherlands final week, leaving practically a fifth of the corporate’s areas now closed worldwide.
I checked Apple’s full listing of stores to substantiate, and positive sufficient: each California retailer, all 4 in Tennessee, all three in Utah, all 4 in Minnesota, two in Oklahoma, and the stores in Portland, Oregon; Anchorage, Alaska; Omaha, Nebraska; and Albuquerque, New Mexico are all closed this upcoming week — in addition to the 16 extra stores in the UK, Mexico and Brazil beginning tomorrow, December twentieth.
It’s not onerous to guess why the stores are reclosing, significantly in California the place COVID-19 noticed its 4 deadliest days but in a row final week as a part of an ongoing surge, and in London the place Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just put the town in emergency lockdown beginning midnight. Apple confirmed the gist of it in a assertion: “Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” the corporate informed Bloomberg.
Yesterday, California activated its emergency alert system in the SF Bay Area for the primary time for the reason that pandemic started, sending a message immediately to each cellphone to assist folks perceive that a stay-at-home order is now in impact.