You’re probably wondering why the Apple Store nearest you is still closed despite news of some Apple stores re-opening have surfaced. If that’s the case, there’s a high chance that that Apple store is among those that have been closed again due to the COVID resurgence in your state. Understandably, Apple has decided to re-close its stores in specific areas that are seeing significant spikes in COVID infections.
By the end of this month, Apple will be temporarily closing at least 32 stores in five states in the US. If the situation worsens in other areas, the same closures may be expected. To give a recap, Apple initially began closing its stores in March due to the spread of the coronavirus. The company began reopening stores in May in areas where quarantine restrictions have loosened.
Apple was among the first retail companies to spearhead the closure of its stores in the US in March for safety measures. Now that it’s opening some of its stores again, Apple has established safety protocols to prevent the infection from resurfacing or spreading. Some of these include the requirement of wearing face masks as well as temperature checks and limiting capacity.
At present, Apple has reopened 28 stores across the states of Colorado, Maryland, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Virginia. Simultaneously, it has closed 11 stores across the states of Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, and South Carolina where COVID resurgence was found. Seven stores in the area of Houston were also just recently closed again.
In addition to that, the latest closures of Apple stores just took place last Friday when the company closed an additional 14 stores in Florida. Apple released a statement regarding the re-closing of their 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.”
It seems that the biggest factor that indicates whether an Apple store would remain open is the rate of spread of the coronavirus in that area. If the data indicates that the virus is continuously spreading in that region, Apple will be taking action to ensure the safety of its employees as well as its patrons. Below are the lists of Apple store closings in different US states.
Apple Store Closings in Arizona
- Chandler Fashion Center located at 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler
- Scottsdale Fashion Square located at 7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
- Arrowhead located at 700 West Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale
- SanTan Village located at 2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert
- Scottsdale Quarter located at 15169 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
- La Encantada located at 2905 East Skyline Drive, Tucson
Apple Store Closings in Florida
- Waterside Shops located at 5555 Tamiami Trail North, Naples
- Coconut Point located at 23151 Fashion Drive, Estero
- The Galleria located at 2388 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
- The Falls located at 8888 SW 136th St., Miami
- Aventura Mall located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
- Lincoln Road located at 1021 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
- Dadeland Mall located at 7535 Dadeland Mall, Miami
- Brickell City Centre located at 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami
- The Gardens Mall located at 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
- Town Center at Boca Raton located at 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton
- Wellington Green Mall located at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
- The Mall at Millenia located at 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando
- Florida Mall located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando
- Altamonte Mall located at 451 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
- International Mall located at 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa
- Westfield Brandon located at 459 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon
Apple Store Closings in North Carolina
- Southpark located at 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte
- Northlake Mall located at 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte
Apple Store Closings in South Carolina
- Haywood Mall located at 700 Haywood Road, Greenville
Apple Store Closings in Texas
- Highland Village located at 4012 Westheimer Road, Houston
- First Colony Mall located at 16535 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land
- Houston Galleria located at 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston
- Memorial City located at 303 Memorial City, Houston
- Willowbrook Mall located at 2000 Willowbrook Drive, Houston
- Baybrook Mall located at 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood
- The Woodlands Mall located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands
In case you’re wondering, the decision to reopen or re-close an Apple store is based on data assessment on certain key factors. This includes locally infected cases, long-term trends, and advice from health officials both on the local and national level. For stores that have re-opened in the past weeks, Apple is strictly implementing safety requirements. Aside from wearing masks and temperature checks, Apple also mandates strict social distancing inside the stores as well as frequent sanitation.
However, do note that not all open Apple stores accommodate customers inside the shop. Some of the stores are only open for curbside pickups and repairs. If you happen to have any concerns with your Apple devices and the Apple store nearest you remains closed, you can visit www.apple.com/retail for more information and assistance.