Apple has closed more retail stores in the U.S. in response to the increase in coronavirus cases in various cities across the country.
The technology giant has announced that it will temporarily close another 30 Apple stores in seven states, bringing the total number of closings to 77 – more than 25 percent of its 271 stores in the country.
Stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma are affected, while other stores in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah are already closed.
Other states where Apple Stores are currently closed are Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Apple closed all of its stores outside of mainland China in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but began reopening some stores in June. However, an increase in coronavirus cases in some cities has led to repeated closings.
The situation is fluid as Apple is constantly evaluating pandemic developments from city to city.
This means that in some states all stores are closed, in others a mix of open and closed locations. So if you want to go to an Apple store, you should check this by visiting the Apple website to confirm the opening hours of your local store, or calling them.
In stores that are currently open, all visitors must wear a face mask and undergo a temperature test before entering the premises. Apple says that as part of its efforts to improve security, all branches, including all surfaces, display products and high-traffic areas, are now undergoing thorough deep cleaning. It also limits the number of people who can stay inside so that employees and customers can comfortably practice social distancing.
How can I have my device repaired?
What if your nearest Apple store is closed and your iDevice breaks or develops an error? You can send it to an Apple Repair Center or, depending on the problem, use the services of an authorized service provider. If you don't make it to a service provider, they may be able to come to your home or office to do the repair. For detailed information on the various options, see the Apple website.
Alternatively, you can use a third-party service like uBreakiFix, which has 500 locations across North America. It also offers a mail-in service.
If you have the brains, patience, and confidence to face the challenge, iFixit offers many useful guides.
Digital Trends has asked Apple for more information about the closings. We will update this article as soon as we learn about it.