Apple closes all California shops as virus instances spike.

Apple is closing all 53 California stores as well as more than a dozen stores in Tennessee, Brazil, Mexico and the UK as coronavirus cases continue to rise in these locations.

“Due to the current Covid-19 conditions in some of the communities in which we operate, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas,” said a statement from Apple. “We are taking this step with great caution as we are closely monitoring the situation and look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”

The closings began on Saturday.

Although Apple has an extensive online catalog, brick and mortar store closings come before Christmas, a traditionally busy time of year.

The California closings were announced late Friday after the company previously announced plans to close stores in the Los Angeles area. California set records for new virus cases in a single day, reporting just 2 percent availability of beds in its intensive care units on Saturday.

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