Apple is temporarily closing its Washington, D.C. retail stores ahead of the U.S. presidential inauguration. In the interest of employee safety and welfare, five stores in the Washington metro area will be closed at least until January 21st.
Following last week’s U.S. Capitol Hurricane, DC is strengthening itself against further security threats on the opening day of January 20 and earlier.
Apple is tackling the safety concerns of its retail employees, many of whom will be unable to start work after the temporary store closes. The company’s flagship Carnegie Library store in Mount Vernon Square, two miles from the Capitol Building, is barricaded with steel fences and plywood. This is the third time in less than 9 months that the store has been revived. The previous barricades were looted in May and before election day on November 3.
Stores at Bethesda Row in Maryland, as well as VA and Clarendon in Arlington, Pentagon City, will be closed from Saturday. The Apple Carnegie Library and Apple Georgetown are effectively closed today. The Apple Montgomery Mall will be outside the DC Metrorail system and open.
DC Apple stores that closed before opening day are marked in red
During the epidemic and racial equity protests over the past year, Apple has considered the response of employees when it decided to close stores and reopen safely. Recently, Tim Cook spoke out against last week’s uprising, saying “everyone who was part of it must be held accountable.”
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