Nike will follow other big chains during the Coronavirus pandemic and close all of its U.S. stores. The planned closing will span from Monday through March 27 and will include outposts in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Western Europe and more.
Nike decided on Sunday morning, March 15 to be more proactive in preventing the spread of the virus. Ironically, stores in many other countries like South Korea, Japan and China will remain operational.
Nike’s memo states:
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 employees will continue to receive full pay during the closures.