Nike store closures in US, Australia and Europe amid coronavirus – Footwear News

To help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Nike is temporarily closing its stores in the United States as well as select locations elsewhere.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based company confirmed this morning that its locations in the United States, as well as units in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe, will be closed from Monday March 16 to Friday March 27.

The Swoosh plans to fully compensate workers during this time and will keep its stores open in many other countries, including Japan, South Korea and most of China.

“The well-being of our teammates and consumers is our top priority, so we have decided to close our stores in several countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19),” the brand said in a statement. “Customers can continue to shop on Nike.com and our Nike apps.”

Through the Nike banners, the company operates about 355 outposts in the United States, according to SEC filings in 2019, with about 768 stores located outside the country.

The athletics giant has advised employees at its global headquarters in Oregon to work from home. Additionally, Nike has taken extra safety and cleaning precautions and implemented staggered work hours and social distancing, the brand told FN.

Nike joins a growing list of retailers that have shut down amid growing concerns about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. Eco-friendly sneaker brand Allbirds and outdoor staple Patagonia have also closed outposts until March 27, with plans to reassess the situation then.

Globally, more than 160,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, with nearly 6,000 deaths recorded. As of Sunday morning, more than 2,700 people have tested positive for the virus in the United States – spread across 49 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. At least 59 deaths have been reported in the United States

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