Tue. Oct 27th, 2020
apple-closes-11-bay-area-stores-in-wake-of-widespread-looting-and-violence

Just days after opening up a handful of Bay Area stores for storefront and curbside sales and service, Apple said Monday that it was closing nearly all of its retail outlets across the region, and the country, for the day in the wake of riots and unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Apple said 11 Bay Area stores would remain closed Monday in the wake of widespread looting that swept across several regional cities over the weekend. Among regional cities and towns, San Jose, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Lafayette, Alameda, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasant Hill and San Leandro have all imposed curfews in an attempt to curtail the violence in their streets.

“With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we’ve made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the U.S. closed today,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement given to this news organization.

Apple said it closed the following Bay Area stores on Monday, but had plans to reopen the locations 11 a.m. Tuesday:

  • 4th Street in Berkeley
  • Bay Street in Emeryville
  • Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek
  • Burlingame
  • Chestnut Street and Union Square stores in San Francisco
  • Corte Madera
  • Los Gatos
  • Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center stores in Palo Alto
  • Hillsdale in San Mateo

Apple’s stores at its Apple Park Visitors Center and Infinite Loop location in Cupertino remain open. The company said all employees at the stores it closed Monday would continue to receive their regular pay for the day.

Apple had only reopened some Bay Area stores last week for storefront or curbside service, sales, and Genius support appointments after being closed for two months because of the regional shelter-in-place regulations aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus. None of Apple’s stores have reopened for in-store shopping.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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