Second Lockdown to Close All Apple Stores in England for At Least Four Weeks

England will enter a new lockdown from Thursday, November 5 to curb a steep rise in coronavirus cases, the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. The lockdown will last for at least four weeks, closing all non-essential shops, including all Apple stores in the country, just over one week before Apple launches the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on Friday, November 13.

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In his announcement explaining the lockdown decision, the Prime Minister said the strict measures will include closing pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops and places of worship. People will be told to stay at home except for specific reasons, such as work that cannot be done at home, childcare or education, exercise outdoors, medical reasons, and essential shopping. Ministers have so far refused to rule out an extension to the lockdown if COVID case numbers don't improve.

Apple has yet to comment, but the lockdown will basically force Apple's 32 stores in England to close until at least Wednesday 2 December, and will likely also include stores operating with an Express storefront, which means customers in the country are won't be able to select in-store pick up of new ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ or ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌ devices when they launch next Friday. Orders of HomePod mini, which launches on the same day, will be similarly limited to deliveries only.

Apple Stores in Wales and Northern Ireland are already closed due to lockdown restrictions, while Apple's Glasgow and Edinburgh stores will remain open under Scotland's new tiered regional restrictions, which went live on Monday. Online pre-orders for the new ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ and ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌, which begin this Friday, and order shipments the following Friday are not expected to be significantly impacted, with Royal Mail and courier companies excluded from the restrictions. We're still waiting to hear if the pickup point system will remain over the lockdown period.

Since the end of the first lockdown earlier this year, Apple has been operating its retail business with safety procedures implemented at all stores, including temperature checks, social distancing, increased cleaning, and a limit on how many customers are allowed inside its stores at once.

Elsewhere in Europe, France entered a national lockdown last week that will last at least a month as it aims to curb one of the continent's biggest coronavirus surges and ease the pressure on its hospitals. In Belgium, non-essential shops will close until mid-December, as more than half the country's 2,000 intensive care beds are already full.

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jarman92 Avatar
48 months ago

Funny how the coronavirus was weaponized and used by left-wing Democrat governors to oppress people in the United States, but the UK national government run by a right-wing government has shown it can play the same game. Reminds me of when George Bush had a right-wing war on Iraq and Tony Blair sold his as a left-wing one...

These shutdowns are for nothing more than oppressing the populace and politicians showing you just how much power they have over you (the prole). Your “side” isn’t winning, you’re just getting the oppression from people you like
Really can't decide whether to laugh or cry at the physically painful idiocy.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
s66 Avatar
48 months ago
Not just the UK, the extremely busy Apple store in Belgium and all Apple resellers are ordered shut in Belgium for the next 6 weeks, along with all other "non-essential" stores. "click and collect" and postal orders are however still allowed for any sector.

The ones we should blame for this are not the scientists, not the healthcare workers, not the politicians who impose this, but those who cannot abide by simple protections and keep fanning the flame under this virus by their moronic attitude and actions such as refusing to wear facemasks, having lockdown parties, hugging strangers, attending huge manifestations, ...
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BuffaloTF Avatar
48 months ago

Funny how the coronavirus was weaponized and used by left-wing Democrat governors to oppress people in the United States, but the UK national government run by a right-wing government has shown it can play the same game. Reminds me of when George Bush had a right-wing war on Iraq and Tony Blair sold his as a left-wing one...

These shutdowns are for nothing more than oppressing the populace and politicians showing you just how much power they have over you (the prole). Your “side” isn’t winning, you’re just getting the oppression from people you like
You should consider deleting your comment and never speaking on the topic again. Ignorance is why the problem with this virus continues to this day. This specific ignorance you've displayed. You should, frankly, be ashamed of yourself.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nt5672 Avatar
48 months ago
It seems that politicians have no business making medical decisions.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
and 1989 others Avatar
48 months ago
And then again in January, and then again in March and then again in July. Rinse and repeat.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
48 months ago

It seems that politicians have no business making medical decisions.
Of course they do. They are the only ones who can order lockdowns. As to whether or not they listen to their scientific/medical advisers, that's a different matter...
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)