Apple continues to re-shutter stores in areas that are showing significant spikes in COVID-19 coronavirus infections. The Cupertino firm will shut down 14 Florida locations on Friday.
The Florida location that will close are:
- The Galleria
- The Falls
- Lincoln Road
- Brickell City Centre
- Wellington Green
- Boca Raton
- The Gardens Mall
- Florida Mall
- International Plaza
Customers with devices being repaired at those locations should initiate pickups today.
Apple today closed seven stores in the Houston, Texas area: Highland Village, First Colony Mall, Houston Galleria, Memorial City, Willowbrook Mall, Baybrook, and The Woodlands. All of the stores are closed with no announced reopening date.
Apple tracks local health data in the states where it has stores located and uses it to identify areas where stores can be reopened or closed. Coronavirus cases are climbing in some areas of the United States, however, leading Apple to reclose stores in affected areas.
When Apple began reopening its stores, Apple’s retail chief Deirdre O’Brien warned that Apple would not hesitate to close stores again if coronavirus began rising.
“These are not decisions we rush into – and a store opening in no way means that we won’t take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant,” O’Brien said.
Although Apple is closing its stores in Houston and Florida, it reopened several stores this week in Chicago, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, and more.