Apple to close more stores in seven US states, bringing the total to 77

Apple Inc. said it will close more than two dozen stores in seven states as of Thursday, including its state of California, bringing total closures to 77, as coronavirus cases continue to grow.

Stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, he said Wednesday, when additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah.

Apple has taken a city-wide approach to opening and closing stores, evaluating the data for each community. In cities where stores remain open, Apple requires facial coatings for employees and customers while also conducting temperature checks and frequent cleaning, the company said.

Apple’s approach has meant that some stores are open while others are closed in the same state.

In California, several Los Angeles department store locations will be closed Thursday as the region’s coronavirus cases increase, while a flagship store in San Francisco’s Union Square district remains open. In Texas, stores in the Austin area had remained open until this week despite closing in Houston last week.

Apple closed all its stores outside mainland China in March, and not all U.S. stores have reopened after initial closures. Apple said its retail employees continue to be paid through locks.

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