Apple is temporarily again closing 11 stores in four states again because of "current COVID-19 conditions."
The closures include all six Arizona stores, two on Florida's West Coast, two in North Carolina and one in South Carolina, Apple confirmed to USA TODAY. The states have experienced spikes in number of coronavirus cases.
“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."
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When Apple started reopening stores in May that were closed since March, the company said in a letter "a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant."
Apple was one of the first retailers to close all of its U.S. stores in mid-March and reopened more than 100 of its 271 U.S. stores in late May. Apple is requiring shoppers wear face coverings, is doing temperature checks and limiting capacity.
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Daniel Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, applauded the temporary closures in a note to investors Friday saying, "Apple needs to put the health of its employees and consumers ahead of selling iPhones in the stores."
“Apple re-closing stores after re-opening many of these stores over the past month is a worrisome trend that speaks to the volatility and fluidity of this COVID environment,” Ives wrote.
Apple stores temporarily closed
Apple says consumers can go to www.apple.com/retail for "help with an Apple product, more ways to shop, or additional information on our stores."
Florida Apple store closingsWaterside Shops: 5555 Tamiami Trail North, NaplesCoconut Point: 23151 Fashion Drive, Estero
North Carolina Apple store closingsSouthpark: 4400 Sharon Road, CharlotteNorthlake Mall: 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte
South Carolina Apple store closureHaywood Mall: 700 Haywood Road, Greenville
Arizona Apple store closingsChandler Fashion Center: 3111 W Chandler Blvd., ChandlerScottsdale Fashion Square: 7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale Arrowhead: 7700 West Arrowhead Towne Center, GlendaleSanTan Village: 2218 E. Williams Field Road, GilbertScottsdale Quarter: 15169 North Scottsdale Road, ScottsdaleLa Encantada: 2905 East Skyline Drive, Tucson
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