People walk into a Nike store in New York.
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Nike is closing all of its stores in the United States, along with other parts of the world, to try to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the company said Sunday morning.
Its offices in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will close from Monday to March 27, the company said.
Workers will still be paid in full during this rest period, a CNBC spokesman confirmed.
Meanwhile, Nike is still keeping its stores open in South Korea, Japan, much of China and in “many other countries,” the company said, based on daily assessments of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nike joins a growing list of companies taking similar measures. Retailers including Patagonia, Apple, Warby Parker, Urban Outfitters, Glossier and Allbirds are closing their stores in the U.S. Walmart and Lululemon are among the retailers who are limiting store hours. In Italy and France, all non-essential stores were ordered to close.
Nike had 384 retail stores in the U.S., including Converse and its outlet locations, in late 2019, according to SEC documents. Internationally, it had more than 750 locations.
There have been more than 156,000 new coronavirus cases reported globally, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, with at least 5,833 deaths.
Here is Nike’s full reminder about store closings:
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 the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These closings will take effect from Monday 16th March to Friday 27th March. Customers can continue shopping on Nike.com and our Nike apps.
We are taking further steps in other facilities run by Nike, including the ability to work from home, staggered working hours, social distance and additional safety and cleanliness measures to help protect and support our teammates.
Our Nike-owned stores in South Korea, Japan, much of China and many other countries are currently open and will continue their normal operations.