Apple has closed three of its stores after increased exposure to COVID-19 and employee falls, according to Bloomberg.
The stores, which are located in the Brickell City Center in Miami; Annapolis, Maryland; and downtown Ottawa, Ontario, temporarily closed. Apple’s website currently states that the store in Miami will be closed until Friday and the stores in Annapolis and Ottawa until Saturday. Apple reportedly closed a store in Southlake, Texas last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak, though the company’s website currently states the store is open.
The closures are taking place as the number of COVID-19 infections increases. Although the ommicron variant has begun to spread, the delta variant remains “the main variant circulating in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, Apple again began requiring customers to wear masks in its US stores.
“We are monitoring conditions regularly and we will adjust our health measures to support the well-being of customers and employees,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. The edge. “We remain committed to a comprehensive approach to our teams that combines regular testing with daily health checks, masking of employees and customers, deep cleaning and paid sick leave.” Employees of the closed stores will have to be tested before reopening, the spokesman said.