Beginning on Monday, all Nike operated stores within the United States will be closed until at least March 27.
According to a report by CNBC and a statement released by Nike, the multi-billion dollar athletic-wear company will close all of its 384 retail stores located in the US due to the nationwide coronavirus outbreak.
Nike is closing all of its stores in the US because of the coronavirus outbreak https://t.co/Sm7UhJSXyM
— CNBC (@CNBC) March 15, 2020
According to CNBC, all workers will be paid in full during their time off, however long it might extend. While Nike’s international stores in countries such as South Korea, Japan, and most of China will continue to operate as usual, the unpredictable spread of COVID-19 is forcing closures in the states.
Here is the full statement provided by Nike:
“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, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These closures will go into effect from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Customers can continue to shop on Nike.com and on our Nike apps.
“We are taking additional steps in other Nike-managed facilities, including the option to work from home, staggered work schedules, social distancing and additional safety and cleaning steps to help protect and support our teammates.
“Our Nike-owned stores in South Korea, Japan, most of China and in many other countries are currently open and will continue their normal operations.”
Nike joins other popular companies such as Apple and Urban Outfitters that have shut down their US-based stores. This should have been done days ago, but it’s a step that was necessary and needed to happen. Better late than never. Now if restaurant owners would just follow suit…