Apple has temporarily closed 53 stores in California due to a coronavirus outbreak and closed 16 stores in the United Kingdom following government-imposed sanctions in London, a spokesman said Saturday.
“Due to the current COVID-19 situation in some of the communities where we work, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this action very carefully while closely monitoring the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers come back as soon as possible,” the spokesman said in an email statement.
Customers will be able to take existing orders over the next few days, a spokesman said. When not specified in the statement Apple Hopes the stores will reopen.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the United States and the United Kingdom, with more than 17.4 million infections and 3,14,000 deaths in the US.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson It imposed an effective lockdown on 16 million people in England on Saturday and thwarted plans to reduce barriers during Christmas. The response to the epidemic in the UK is different from other countries, sometimes England.
Johnson said London and southeastern England would now be put under a new tier 4 level lockdown and people in those areas would have to stay home except for important reasons such as work. Unnecessary retail such as indoor leisure and entertainment will be closed.
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