Apple is re-closing stores in Florida and Texas as the number of COVID-19 cases rises in both states. The consumer electronics and software company also closed stores in North Carolina, Arizona, and South Carolina last week.
Apple will be re-closing 14 of its stores in Florida on Friday. Last week, it also closed 11 other stores in Florida. The store closings are located in six counties — Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Hillsborough, Seminole, and Palm Beach.
The technology retailer also re-closed seven of its stores in Houston on Thursday as the city has seen an alarming rise in positive COVID-19 cases. The majority of Apple’s stores are in crowded malls and shopping centers.
In March, the company was one of the first to respond to the pandemic by closing its doors all over the world. Its initial reopenings were a positive sign of reopening the economy.
Apple stepped up its safety measures upon reopening, including requiring masks, allowing space for social distancing, and requiring temperature checks.
Meanwhile, many of Apple’s locations are only open through curbside pickup or will service customers by appointment only.
“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,” one Apple spokesperson said.
The company has said that its monitoring the pandemic in regional areas to ensure safe operations for both employees and its customers.