Apple’s flagship Sainte-Catherine store in Montreal has been closed until further notice, due to “an abundance of caution” over the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
Local broadcaster CTV reports the store closed sometime on Friday. A customer told the news station that she had brought a laptop in for repairs on Thursday, August 6 and was originally told it would take up to ten days to repair. She said that she was then contacted and asked to collect the laptop before 17:00 local time on Friday, August 7 because the store was closing.
Although the customer asked an employee if there had been a positive case of COVID-19 at the store, the employee would not confirm it. Apple told CTV that “due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas.”
The Apple Sainte-Catherine location is one of four stores in or around Quebec, and all other stores in the area remain open. Of the 30 Apple stores located in Canada, Apple Sainte-Catherine is currently the only one not open.
In an email to CTV, Apple said that “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.”