Apple stores need to close down as the rate of COVID-19 rises in numbers.
Apple LA Stores has been temporarily closed as the COVID-19 cases in Southern California drastically rise. This was initially reported by Bloomberg. This was actually the first time that Apple Los Angeles has been closed for the past several months.
Apple LA Stores Closes
According to reports, there are already two stores close today and another 11 additional stores to be closed this Saturday. There have been no speculated dates yet on when it is going to reopen. As of now, it is mandated to all Southern California citizens to stay at home starting December.
However, there are really no regulations in closing malls and stores, as it has to be operated in reduced capacity. Despite this, Apple mandated to close down to protect its employees.
Based on Health reports, COVID cases are also increasing in the San Francisco Bay Area where Apple’s headquarters are located, but Apple stores have not closed yet. Other preventive measures that Apple company initiated are using face masks, conducting temperature checks, limiting store occupancy, implementing social distancing measures, and deep cleaning regularly.
Apple’s second retail store is now opening in South Korea, specifically in Yeouido. This is based on the first reports in MacRumors. This will be physically opened in IFC Mall, which is the financial district in Seoul by the Han River.
The company has shared this information with users through animation and wallpapers on their website to announce the coming expansion. Their first retail store in South Korea was launched in Apple Garosugil last 2018. This branch will be searched around the Gangnam area. This is said to be also the first to reopen after China’s reopening during the pandemic.
According to statistics and reports, South Korea is an important area for the company for its market share expansion. Apple is said to hold 19 percent of the market in South Korea. The company is currently dominated by Apple’s competitor, Samsung.