Apple closing all UK retail locations amid new COVID-19 lockdown

in General Discussion edited January 2021
Apple will shutter all of its retail locations in the United Kingdom amid a new national lockdown implemented in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple

On Monday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson reimposed a lockdown with tighter restrictions that is set to last until mid-February. The lockdown orders nonessential businesses to close, including retail stores that sell "electronic goods" and "mobile phone shops."

As a result of the new restrictions, Apple is temporarily closing all of its 38 Apple Store locations in the U.K.

The lockdown -- the U.K.'s third since the start of the pandemic -- is being implemented in response to a new, more infectious variant of the coronavirus that has fueled a surge in cases and hospitalizations. In a televised address on Monday, Johnson said "it is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control." He added that "the government is once again instructing you to stay at home."

Apple in December also temporarily closed its Los Angeles area retail stores because of local spikes in coronavirus infections and a lack of hospital bed capacity in the region.


  • Reply 1 of 4
    Great, gonna have to wait rven longer to get the wife iphone 8 fixed, batterys on 60% in battery health and the speaker and microphone are shot... but she wont go without it for a day and doesnt want a third party to touch it 
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Another day on Plague Island …
  • Reply 3 of 4
    ivanhivanh Posts: 597member
    because they are all partimers.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Yep, life is now mail-order only.
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