Apple has shut 53 California stores and 16 in the United Kingdom

Apple has shut 53 California stores and 16 in the United Kingdom

Apple Inc has shut all of its 53 stores in California because of a coronavirus surge and 16 stores in the United Kingdom following restrictions imposed by the government in London, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The company said on Friday it was temporarily closing some stores in California due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, resulting the iPhone maker’s shares down in trading after the bell. That announcement covered at least 12 stores.

“Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. 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 spokesman said in an emailed statement.

Customers would still be able to pick up existing orders for the next few days, the spokesman said. The statement did not state when Apple expects the stores to reopen.

Coronavirus cases are rising in the United States and the United Kingdom, with the U.S. having over 17.4 million infections and about 314,000 deaths.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday imposed an effective lockdown on over 16 million people in England and reversed plans to ease restrictions over Christmas. The UK’s other nations, whose response to the pandemic differs from that of England at times, also took action.

Johnson said London and southeast England would now be placed in a new Tier 4 level of lockdown and people in those areas will stay at home except for essential reasons such as work. Non-essential retails will be closed, as will indoor leisure and entertainment.

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