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.
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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Costco Cyber Monday 2020: Here Are The Best Deals – Forbes
Black Friday is over but Costco’s first Cyber Monday 2020 sales are already available. These include deals Costco has kept running past Black Friday, as well as new deals it has launched in the run up to Cyber Monday. So these are the latest deals you need to know about. Tip: this article is continually updated, so bookmark it. (Updated 11/30)
Note: this article does not use affiliate links and I do not earn a share of revenue from sales. All deals are chosen solely on their own merit.
Costco Cyber Monday Best Smartphone Deals
- 11/30 Save up to $800 on the new iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini. Plus get up to $100 Costco Shop Card Member Benefit with an AT&T Unlimited Rate plan – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Buy one iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini and save up to $540 0n a second on T-Mobile – shop deal now
- 11/30 Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G – Receive up to $420 in Costco Shop Card after online redemption and connection with AT&T – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW for $349.99 on activation with Verizon. Plus get a $100 eGift card – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
Costco Cyber Monday Best Laptop Deals
Costco has some of the best live laptop deals right now (update: more added) and the store also offering up to 4 years warranty and 4% in cashback rewards for all models:
- 11/30 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar – 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 16GB Memory – 1TB SSD – Silver – $1,749.99 (save $200) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Apple MacBook Air 13-inch – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 512GB SSD – $999.99 (save $250) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Bundle – 10th Gen Intel Core i5 – 12.3-inch Touchscreen – Ice Blue – $899.99 (save $400) – valid until 12/24 – shop deal now (members only)
- 11/30 LG gram 14-inch Laptop, 10th Gen Intel Core i7, 1080p – $799.99 (save $300) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5-inch Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop – 10th Gen Intel Core i7 – Includes 15 Month Microsoft 365 Family Subscription – $1,699.99 (save $300) – valid until 12/24 – shop deal now
- 11/30 LG gram 15.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop – 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U – 1080p – $1,199.99 (save $400) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
Costco Cyber Monday Best Tablet Deals
- 11/30 NEW – Apple iPad mini – A12 Chip – 256GB – Latest Model – $479.99 (save $50) – shop deal now
- 11/30 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 128GB – Mystic Black – Includes Keyboard – $879.99 (save $100) – valid until 12/20 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Apple iPad Pro 11-inch A12Z Bionic Chip 512GB – Silver – $949.99 (save $100) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch A12Z Bionic Chip 512GB – Silver – $1,149.99 (save $100) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 128GB – Mystic Black – Includes Keyboard – $659.99 (save $100) – valid until 12/20 – shop deal now (members only)
- 11/30 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite 64GB – Oxford Gray – Includes Book Cover – $279.99 (save $100) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now (members only)
Costco Cyber Monday Best Smartwatch Deals
- 11/30 NEW – Samsung Galaxy Watch3 41mm Smartwatch – Mystic Bronze – Bonus Band Included
- 11/30 Apple Watch Series 6 GPS, 44mm, With Black Sport Band, Space Gray – $379.99 (save $35) – valiid until 12/24 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 40mm) – Blue Aluminum Case with Deep Navy Sport Band – $349.99 (save $35) – valid until 12/24 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Fitbit Versa 2 Bundle, Copper Rose – $119.99 (save $50) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now (members only)
- 11/30 Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker Bundle – $89.99 (save $50) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now (members only)
- 11/30 Samsung Galaxy Active 2 Smartwatch 44mm – Black – Bonus Charging Dock – $189.99 (save $70) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now (members only)
- 11/30 Samsung Galaxy Watch3 41mm Smartwatch – Mystic Bronze – Bonus Band Included – $329.99 (save $60) – valid until 12/06 – shop deal now (members only)
Costco Cyber Monday Best Smart Device Deals
- 11/30 Wemo Smart Home Starter Kit Smart Plug and Switch – $34.99 (save $10) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Ring Video Doorbell Pro with 12 Months Ring Protect Plus Plan – $159.99 (save $80) – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now (members only)
Costco Cyber Monday Best TV Deals
11/29 Update: Much like laptops, Costco is offering up to 4 years warranty and 4% in cashback rewards for all models in addition to their sale prices:
- 11/30 NEW – Sony 55-inch Class – X75CH Series – 4K UHD LED LCD TV – $519.99 – valid until 12/07 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Samsung 85-inch Class – Q8DT Series – 4K UHD QLED LCD TV – $100 Allstate Protection Plan Bundle Included – $2,999.99 – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 LG 77-inch Class – CX Series – 4K UHD OLED TV – $100 Allstate Protection Plan Bundle Included – $3,449.99 – valid until 12/06 – shop deal now
- 11/30 LG 75-inch Class – NANO91 Series – 4K UHD LED LCD TV – $100 Allstate Protection Plan Bundle Included – $1,449.99 – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Samsung 55-inch Class – Q6DT Series – 4K UHD QLED LCD TV – $65 Allstate Protection Plan Bundle Included – $599.99 – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
- 11/30 Sony 65-inch Class – X75CH Series – 4K UHD LED LCD TV- $599.99 – valid until 11/29 – shop deal now
- 11/30 LG 65-inch Class – UN8500 Series – 4K UHD LED LCD TV – $629.99 – valid until 11/30 – shop deal now
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Everything at cookware brand Material is up to 25% off through December 1. We love their take-apart-able Good Shears and BPA-free, dishwasher-safe reBoard cutting board, which is made of recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane and is perfect for prepping raw meat and fish. Purchase one of the two, new limited-edition colors—the pale peachy To Pó-Po, with Love and the pine green Reimagine Justice—and Material will donate 50% of the profits to the organizations Heart of Dinner (cofounded by Moonlynn Tsai, an owner of BA favorite Kopitiam) and Drive Change. Normally $35 each, you can snag any three reBoards for $70, which is basically like buying two to give as gifts and getting a free one to keep for yourself.
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A fire pit is, all of a sudden, the winter accessory we didn’t know we needed. Solo Stove makes sleek cylindrical fire pits at a variety of price points, and all are 30% off. Its grill and camp stoves are also on sale so you can host weenie roasts and backyard hibachi parties all winter long.
If you can’t gather around the table with far-away family this year, send them a food gift from Goldbelly. Everything is 20% with code “GOLDSGIVING,” from Cote Korean Steakhouse’s gonzo Butcher’s Feast to Island Pops’ tart, refreshing Sorrel Rum Sorbet to the iconic Peking Duck Dinner Kit from New York favorite Jing Fong.
Use code “2020” for 20% off at The Webster, where you can stock up on some of our most frivolous and fabulous recommendations from gift guides current and past—like this painfully chic champagne coupe or this real, lacquered croissant, which doubles as a bedside lamp.
Everything at Terrain, including sale items, is 20% off, which means it’s time to purchase a different indoor citrus tree for every room in your house. Might as well throw this book on how to Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots into your cart while you’re at it.
Take 25% off everything at chef Meherwan Irani’s Spicewalla, plus get free shipping on orders over $25. We recommend this 18-pack spice starter set, a great gift for anyone setting up their first kitchen, and this collaboration with chef Preeti Mistry, which includes their Juhu Beach Club cookbook (hello doswaffles) as well as a three-pack of spice blends.
Jinen is one-stop shopping for all the people on your list obsessed with Japanese home goods (guilty), and this weekend, everything is 10% off. We love its assortment of donabes, Hasami porcelain, and hand-dyed tenugui, which can be used as table linens or to wrap gifts.
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