Nike temporarily shutting down Retail Stores due to Coronavirus

USAToday reports Nike is shuttering its doors temporarily in a bid to protect workers and shoppers as the coronavirus crisis spreads across the country.

The athletic apparel company announced Sunday that it was closing all U.S. stores from Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The wellbeing of our teammates and consumers is our top priority, so we have decided to close our stores in multiple countries around the world, including in the United States,” Nike said in a statement.

Stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will also be closed for 12 days. The brand is letting staffers at other Nike-managed facilities work from home and practice social distancing.

Yahoo reports Columbia Sportswear Company COLM is the latest among other companies to provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak. The company is closing its brick and mortar retail stores in North America. It expects these stores to remain closed till Mar 27, 2020. Apart from this, the company has closed stores in various markets outside the North America. It has enhanced sanitization process in all locations and implemented work from home for employees among other precautionary moves.

Other companies that recently closed stores due to coronavirus outburst are lululemon athletica inc. LULU, Urban Outfitters, Inc. URBN, NIKE NKE, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF, Under Armour, Inc. UAA and Ralph Lauren RL.

lululemn announced that it is closing all stores in North America and Europe till Mar 27, 2020. Also, NIKE is shutting all company-owned stores in various countries like United States, New Zealand, Western Europe, Canada and Australia till Mar 27, 2020. Further, Urban Outfitters informed investors that it is closing all its stores globally till at least Mar 28, 2020. Moreover, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch announced that it is temporarily shutting all stores of its various brands in markets outside of the APAC region. Management stated that stores in North America and EMEA region are to remain shut till Mar 28, 2020.

Effective today, all of Under Armour’s stores in North America will be closed till Mar 28, 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, Ralph Lauren had announced closure of nearly two thirds of its stores in mainland China as of Feb 13, 2020.