Apple will close seven retail stories in Texas just weeks after re-opening them due to a new surge in COVID-19 cases
- Less than a month after re-opening, Apple will close seven stores in Houston
- The closures come as new COVID-19 cases surge in and around Harris County
- Apple has now re-closed 18 of the 100 US stores it re-opened in late May
In response to a new surge in COVID-19 cases, Apple has closed seven retail locations in Texas just weeks after re-opening them.
The seven stores are all located in and around Houston, and are listed as ‘Temporarily closed’ on Apple’s website.
The stores will continue to operate for online order pickups and Genius Support service with a pre-scheduled appointment, but for all other services they will be closed.
Apple has not said how long the closures might last, but a calendar listed for each location on the company’s website says the closure will remain in effect at least through July 1.
Other Apple Store locations in the state appear to be open still, including locations in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio.
The news comes a week after Apple announced it was re-closing 11 stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arizona, where similar spikes in new COVID-19 cases were underway.
‘Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,’ Apple said in a statement.
‘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 initially closed all 271 of its US stores in mid-March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country.
The company announced that it would re-open 100 stores in the US at the end of May, as it became clear that the number of new COVID-19 cases was beginning to fall in many parts of the country.
WHERE IS APPLE CLOSING STORES IN TEXAS?
Effective June 25, Apple Stores in the Houston area will be closed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The affected locations are:
- Highland Village
- Houston Galleria
- Memorial City
- Willowbrook Mall
- First Colony Mall
- The Woodlands
Apple has now re-closed 18 of those locations.
New COVID-19 cases in Houston have grown dramatically in recent weeks, rising from 839 new cases on May 24 to 5,551 new cases on June 24.
The Texas Medical Center in Houston announced that the new influx in COVID-19 cases had pushed its ICU occupancy percentage to 100%.
In response to the surge, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he would ‘pause’ the state’s re-opening plans, which had first begun in early May.
‘This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business,’ Abbott said in a press conference announcing the policy shift.
Businesses that have current approval to operate will be allowed to remain open, but all new re-openings will be suspended.
Abbott said he would also direct all hospitals and medical centers to suspend elective procedures to free up resources for COVID-19 patients.
‘As we work to contain this virus, I urge all Texans to do their part to help contain the spread by washing their hands regularly, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing,’ Abbott said.