Nike is shuttering its doors temporarily in a bid to protect workers and shoppers as the coronavirus crisis continues to spread 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 what health agencies call COVID-19.
“The well-being 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.
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Stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will also be closed or 12 days. The brand is letting staffers at other Nike-managed facilities work from home and practice social distancing.
Customers can still buy merchandise on Nike’s app and website.
Nike joins other retailers like Apple, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie and Fitch and Patagonia that have temporarily closed or altered hours of operation due to the respiratory illness which has killed more than 50 people in the U.S.
Almost 3,000 domestic cases have been confirmed. The most common way to spread the illness is through close contact with infected people, according to health agencies.
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