Apple to close all UK retail stores after new national lockdown announced
On Monday, the UK announced it would be implementing a new national lockdown amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The lockdown, which will come into effect on Wednesday, will see all non-essential retail stores, amongst other things closed, including all of Apple’s 38 stores in the UK.
Apple has had many of its stores in the country closed since December, with different local restrictions forcing Apple to close stores individually dependant on their location and the rules in place in each specific town or city. However, with a full blanket lockdown, all stores will be shut from January 5, with no indication when they may reopen.
Sky News reports the UK recorded 58,784 new coronavirus cases on Monday – the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.
Some 2,713,563 people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK.