The company also closed its stores in Mexico and Brazil, and all of these locations moved to the front-of-store fast-picking service last week.
Many rise to close to 100 closed stores when including the stores that were closed in Germany and the Netherlands last week, leaving nearly a fifth of the company’s locations now closed worldwide.
And earlier last week, Apple re-closed all 18 of its stores across Germany and the Netherlands.
This comes due to coronavirus restrictions and a worsening outbreak, forcing the company to close its stores during one of the busiest shopping weeks of the holiday season.
Apple announced the closure of all of its stores in California and Tennessee this weekend, with more than a dozen stores in Los Angeles announced on December 18.
On Friday, California broke the record for most new coronavirus cases in a single day since the epidemic began.
Today the company is preparing to close 16 additional stores across the UK, and the most stringent guidelines affect 15 locations across London and one store in Wales.
Apple confirmed the essence of that in a statement: Given the current conditions of the Coronavirus in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas.
We are temporarily closing the doors, but we are currently present to receive current online orders and pre-scheduled in-store appointments for Genius support.
Most of the open locations in the United States are limited to express storefront pick-up service for inbound online orders and Genius support. Online shopping and customers without an appointment at Express sites are not accepted.
The company took a similar step in June, shutting down about 32 stores as coronavirus cases increased after easing the closure in May.