Apple Closes Its Stores in California

Posted on December 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Apple with 12 Comments

Apple announced this past weekend that it is temporarily closing all of its California retail locations because of the recent Covid-19 surge.

“Due to current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” an Apple statement reads. “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.”

Apple had said a day earlier that it would be closing its Los Angeles-area stores for the same reason, but it escalated the closures to include the entire state. Los Angeles is currently the hardest-hit metro area in the United States for Covid-19 cases.

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13 responses to “Apple Closes Its Stores in California”

  1. shark47

    So, I was on the phone with Apple for several hours yesterday because my Mac is unusable after I tried to reset it. They had me erase the drives and reinstall the OS, but it won't let me create a user account. Finally, the last Senior Support Specialist told me he's heard of other M1 Macs having this issue and they asked me to take it into the store on Wednesday.


    Luckily I don't live in CA, I guess?

  2. Greg Green

    Didn’t they pay the guv’nah enough to get an exemption?

  3. sammyg

    Well if we are using that photo as a guideline then yes shut them down because none of those people look healthy and would be at risk if they got it.

  4. wright_is

    In reply to lvthunder:

    And nobody in their right mind would try and get an exemption in the current situation.

  5. illuminated

    In reply to Dan:

    I am pretty sure that takeouts are very safe but dining in the restaurants is not. Restaurants cannot enforce people from different families coming together and sitting at the same table. Add alcohol to that and you have a perfect place for infections.

  6. wright_is

    In reply to Dan:

    All Shops, Restaurants, Bars etc. are closed here. Only supermarkets and chemist's are open.

    Most businesses are also closed or doing home office, where possible.

    Only system relevant companies are still really open.

    We are a manufacturing company making compound for cosmetics, shampoo, paper etc. So we are still manufacturing. Most of the back office staff are in home office, with a skeleton staff in the office - around 30%.

    We in IT have split into 2 teams and we alternate who is in the office every 5 days.

  7. whistlerpro

    And of course Microsoft only just reopened their London store to have it closed (along with all other non essential retail in tier 4) by the government on Sunday.

    • wright_is

      In reply to whistlerpro:

      It is the same in most of Europe, although France and Austria went into hard lockdowns much earlier and are slowly opening back up, now the infection rates are falling.

      Germany tried to keep a balance between keeping as many businesses open as possible, whilst appealing to people to be sensible and not meet in groups etc. but "people" as a whole are stupid and egotistical, so now we are paying the price with a hard lockdown. Our family distanced, we kept our social contacts to a minimum, so we could come together for Christmas, but a lot of people didn't care and we are all paying the price. My youngest daughter had her final exams in November. She self-quarantined for 2 weeks before the exams, to make sure she wasn't infected, when it came to actually sitting the exams.

  8. RonV42

    If you can have 100s of people in Costco why can't you let people into the Apple stores?

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