Apple is once again closing seven of its retail stores in the Houston, Texas area, as the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak once again rears its ugly head in the area.
The Houston stores join the retail locations Apple once again shuttered in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina last week. The Cupertino firm has not announced when those stores might open once again.
The following Texas stores will close on June 25 (via 9to5Mac):
- Highland Village
- First Colony Mall
- Houston Galleria
- Memorial City
- Willowbrook Mall
- The Woodlands.
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, it reopened several stores this week in Chicago, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, and more.