Apple is temporarily closing all stores in California amid an ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases within the state. All 53 stores are going to be shuttered until further notice thanks to California’s alarming rise in hospitalization, Apple said during a statement to CNBC.
“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in a number of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple spokesperson told the outlet.
“We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor things and that we anticipate having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.” Customers will still be ready to devour existing online orders and attend scheduled tech support appointments.
The drastic move comes after the tech giant closed its stores in l. a., Bloomberg reported Friday. The Apple shutdowns follow a grim milestone for Southern California, where health officials there said Thursday that the region has run out of ICU beds for patients. California has seen over 1,800,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and 22,400 deaths as of Saturday night, consistent with the state’s COVID-19 dashboard.