The British Prime Minister has announced a full national lockdown in England that will start on Thursday 5th November and last until 2nd December 2020. The move means that non-essential retail will be required to close and cafes, restaurants and hospitality too.
As part of ‘non-essential retail’, Apple will be forced by the action in place by the government to shut all of its stores country-wide until coronavirus restrictions are relaxed after 2nd December. They will not be allowed to stay open under the new lockdown rules.
It comes as Apple gets ready to release the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max on Friday 6th November. Both phones have a new, boxy design with A14 Bionic and while the 12 mini has a similar sensor to the larger iPhone 12 Pro, the Pro Max boosts a 47% larger wide camera than the Pro.
Customers can still order the new iPhones from Apple.com or online retailers that hold stock of the device. We’ll update this article if any other changes come into effect in the UK that affect Apple.