Bay Area Apple Customers Face Coronavirus-Fueled Store Closures

Jeffrey Schaub
March 15, 2020 - 1:13 pm
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On Friday, Apple announced it was temporarily closing all of its retail stores outside of China due to concerns of spreading the coronavirus

Customers of the tech giant throughout the Bay Area have been surprised to learn that the stores are closed until March 27.

Several Apple store employees stood at the entrance of the Emeryville location with umbrellas in hand ready to turn hopeful customers away, even ones with appointments. 

Some customers have opted to go to Best Buy for their time-sensitive purchases.

Abel Martinez had an appointment scheduled for Saturday morning and said he never received a notification from Apple to inform him of the store’s closure.

“I think it’s a good idea, since Apple stores are always filled with people,” Martinez told KCBS Radio.

Apple says its online operations are not impacted. 


Written by Mallory Somera