Apple to temporarily close LA Store as virus cases jump

The Apple Inc. closed store.  at Promanade Third Street in Santa Monica, in March.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg

Apple Inc. closing their stores in the Los Angeles area for a while while Covid-19 cases jump in the area. The move marks the first time in many months that Apple has closed retail outlets in one of the most populous areas in the country.

The Cupertino tech giant, based in California in Los Angeles, has several stores including major retail outlets at The Grove and Beverly Center shopping centers, Santa Monica and the Glendale area. On its website, Apple said it is closing 11 local stores starting Saturday and two stores on Friday. He did not say when they would open again.

Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. Health regulations in the area allow emergency businesses, such as those selling work-from-home equipment, to remain open at reduced capacity.

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Other hard-core regions in California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, have yet to see Apple stores again.