Apple abruptly closes flagship Montreal Apple Store over COVID-19

Apple Sainte-Catherine has been closed until further notice, apparently due to an “abundance of caution” over the coronavirus.

According to local broadcaster CTV, the store was closed for some time on Friday. A customer told the news channel that she brought a laptop for repair on Thursday, August 6, and was initially told the repair would take up to ten days.

Then she was contacted and asked to pick it up by 5:00 p.m. local time on Friday August 7 as the store was being closed.

CTV says the customer asked an employee if there had been a positive case of COVID-19 at the store, but he or she did not confirm this. Apple told CTV that “due to the current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas.”

However, the flagship Apple Sainte-Catherine is one of four stores in or around Quebec, and none of the others have yet been closed. There are 30 Apple Stores in Canada, and currently Apple Sainte-Catherine is the only one not open.

In its email to CTV, Apple simply added that “we are taking this step very carefully as we monitor the situation closely and look forward to our teams and customers coming back as soon as possible.”

Appleiphonestop maintains a constantly updated track of open and closed Apple Stores due to the coronavirus situation.

The shutdown of Apple Sainte-Catherine was first spotted by iMore.

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