Apple has closed many stores as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to peak – on December 20, it temporarily closed every single place in California, Mexico, Brazil and over a dozen in London. Now that England and Scotland are entering a couple of new national lockdowns, Apple is closing all of its remaining stores in the UK.
As 9to5MacAccording to Michael Steeber, this means that 18 additional stores are now closed across the UK, including several in Scotland and one in Belfast, Ireland – although it appears that the Belfast store has already been closed. (Northern Ireland was shut down even earlier, on December 26, closing all non-essential stores.)
All 18 British Apple Stores open today will close on 5 January. Includes all locations in Scotland. Most of the other 20 stores closed just before the holidays. pic.twitter.com/RYfhWgNkrb
– Michael Steeber (@MichaelSteeber) January 4, 2021
Although it feels worth noting the closures, they may not make much of a difference to more customers who have not already been able to physically enter many of these stores since November. That was when Apple just started offering express service in many of these stores. You were able to retrieve online orders, but you could not browse.