Apple has closed several more of its retail stores in the United States in response to the spike in coronavirus cases in various cities across the country.
The technology giant said it would temporarily close 30 more Apple stores in seven states, bringing the total number of closures to 77 – more than 25 percent of the country’s 271 stores.
Affected stores include Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, while other cities in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah are already closed.
States where Apple stores are currently closed include Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
Apple closed all its stores outside mainland China in mid-March in response to the coronavirus epidemic, but reopened some of them in June. However, an increase in coronavirus cases in some cities has prompted a halt to recurrence.
The situation is fluid, with Apple constantly evaluating epidemiological improvements on a city-by-city basis.
This means that in a few states all its stores are closed, while there is a mix of both open and closed sites. So if you are thinking of going to an Apple store, it is advisable to visit the Apple website or make a call to confirm the opening times of your local store.
For stores that are open, all visitors must wear a face mask and submit to a temperature test before entering the premises. Apple says it is now conducting enhanced deep cleaning in its stores, including all surfaces, display products and highly trafficked areas, as part of efforts to improve security. It has also limited the number of people allowed inside to enable employees and customers to practice social distance at ease.
How do I fix my device?
What if your nearest Apple Store closes and your ID device breaks down or something goes wrong? OK, you can send it to an Apple Repair Center, or use the services of an authorized service provider depending on the problem. If you can’t make it to a service provider, they may be able to repair it in your home or office. Full details of the various options can be found on Apple’s website.
Alternatively, you can use a third-party service like uBreakiFix, which has 500 locations across North America. It also provides a mail-in service.
Lastly, if you have the mind, patience and confidence to take on your own challenge, Ifixit provides a lot of useful guides.
Digital Trends has reached out to Apple for more information on the closure and we’ll update this article when we hear.