Apple shuts NYC stores as COVID-19 cases surge

Apple on Monday announced that all twelve of its New York City stores have been closed to shoppers as COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S.

A spokesman for the company said that customers would still be able to pick up their online orders.

Coronavirus infections in the United States are on the rise, even among the fully vaccinated, driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

According to the CDC, Omicron now accounts for nearly 75% of of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The surge has prompted major companies around the world to tighten protocols.

Earlier this month, Apple announced a mask mandate for all its U.S. employees and customers, and temporarily closed three stores in Miami, Annapolis and Ottawa.

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