Apple Closes All Retail Stores in Spain Due to Coronavirus

Apple has closed all 11 of its retail stores located in Spain as the coronavirus continues to spread in the country. Spain earlier today declared a state of emergency.

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In a message posted on all of its store websites in Spain, Apple says that health precautions have forced the closure of its retail locations, with no word on when the stores will reopen.

Due to current health precautions, this store will remained closed until further notice. If you need online support, visit getsupport.apple.com. Apologies for the inconvenience.

There are 4,200 people infected with coronavirus in Spain, and 120 people have died. Spain has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe after Italy, where Apple has also closed all of its retail locations.

Apple Stores in the United States remain open, though in some areas with restrictions on store openings, stores have closed. Apple Willow Grove Park in Pennsylvania, for example, is no longer open after the governor ordered mass closings of schools, gyms, entertainment venues, and more in Montgomery County in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the area.

In the coming days, there's a chance that additional stores in the United States could close, but at the current time, Apple employees are doing frequent cleanings and Apple has implemented measures to increase the amount of space between customers to mitigate the spread of the infection.

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Populus Avatar
29 months ago
That’s what happens when you react late to a sanitary emergency, the country gets infected quickly.

As some already said, Apple Stores should have been closed a week ago. And schools, and restaurants, and big concentrations of people. But no, the government waited until it was too late.

Greetings from Spain.
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Infinite Vortex Avatar
29 months ago

As a British person living in Malaga, Spain for 11 years now, I'm disappointed the Madrid government did not prevent the exodus of Madrid residents escaping the city to the province of Andalucia where I live, spreading the virus far and wide.

I'm now told not to return to my office until the start of April with possible extensions to that, and we're currently told not to leave our home unless there is an emergency or absolute need to do so. Only today I had to go down to an electrical store to pick up a new monitor cable as mine got damaged.

There was an inconsiderate moron coughing and spluttering all over the cables. Needless to say I was fuming, and I made my thoughts heard to him and those around him.

Simple facts which people cannot get through their thick skulls.


* Wash hands often with hand sanitiser or just normal soap.
* Don't shake hands or have any physical contact with strangers.
* Avoid the elderly.
* Do not congregate in groups.
* Remain 1m away from people in the street.
* And if you have any cold symptoms, stay the heck at home and seek medical advice.


Today when out and about, people kept getting close to each other, goodness knows if they were washing their hands, and so many people coughing and spluttering....I just got the heck out of there!

I've stocked up with home essentials, plenty of gin and tonic and I have 6 spare rolls of loo roll. I'm riding this one out at home with my family!
To add to your list and to keep it a bit tech related…

* Keep your devices, and everything that is regularly touched for that matter (like doors, keys, refrigerator doors, car steering wheels), clean… like clean!
* Do not let anyone else touch your devices
* Do not touch anyone else's devices/things
* Use speaker phone or headphones as much as possible… it's surprising how many people don't stop to thing their most disgusting possession is constantly being put in contact with their face
* Stay away from smokers and gum chewers… a personal one but in my experience both these groups tend to have a lesser respect and awareness for those around them

I have to say though, I'd be not in a particularly happy place if I had only 6 rolls of toilet paper. I have in excess of 100 rolls… and just to make me seem even more paranoid, it was all bought over 6 months ago so there's that usage that's come out of it. And I live on my own. In my defence I do it mostly for price and it's always seems to be those mega-packs that go on discount. ?
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gibi Avatar
29 months ago
Bravi,spagnoli.
Better late than never and better safe than sorry: beware, other countries thinking to be safe, the world is by far more connected than in 1800s
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Infinite Vortex Avatar
28 months ago

A phone is not disgusting. The smooth glass surfaces and things like oleophobic coating make it much harder for germs to stick to it too.
I don't believe phone cases and screen protectors come with oleophobic coatings. But if you want to trust in an oleophobic coating that's underneath something else go for it.


You say you live alone too, so what's the point? I assume you're washing your hands when you come home before diving into the fridge?
There's a lot of point to it. Just because I'm clean and wash my hands when walking in the door doesn't mean that the person that put whatever it is I bought on the supermarket shelf is the same. Just because I used the gloves at the supermarket when buying a lettuce doesn't mean some other shopper, that put their hands all over it before I did, has done the right thing… let alone breathed all over it.

Of course there's a line between being careful to that of being overly paranoid. But washing my hands when walking in the door assumes are great many things that are probably not true.
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JosepPont Avatar
29 months ago

That’s what happens when you react late to a sanitary emergency, the country gets infected quickly.

As some already said, Apple Stores should have been closed a week ago. And schools, and restaurants, and big concentrations of people. But no, the government waited until it was too late.

Greetings from Spain.
Well, not only that, lot of people from Madrid (where is the most infected area) are coming to the Valencian and Catalan coast and mountains thinking that the “stay in home” is equivalent to holidays, spreading the virus further. His irresponsibility will be payed by all of us that live in that areas.

Spanish goverment can’t see us managing the outbreak better than they and then, they don’t want that we reject them and some people claim for independence.
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HiRez Avatar
29 months ago
Probably should have been done a week ago, but the right thing to do. Next on the list should be Germany, France, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, the UK, Belgium, Austria, and probably Canada. All are showing early signs of a spike like that seen in Italy and now Spain.
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