Nike Is Closing All of Its Stores in the U.S. And Beyond to Curb Spread of Coronavirus

Nike is closing all of its stores in the United States and a number of other countries in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. The company is closing its stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand from March 16 to 27, a Nike spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek. The spokesperson also confirmed to Newsweek that workers will still be paid while stores are closed.

Nike stores in South Korea, Japan, most of China and in "many other countries" will remain open, the company said.

"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)," Nike said in a statement.

People walk by a Nike store in Manhattan on September 5, 2018 in New York, New York. Getty/Spencer Platt

"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."

The statement added that other steps to curb the spread of the new coronavirus are also being taken.

"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," it said.

The move comes after Nike asked all U.S. employees to work from home starting on Monday through to March 31.

Nike is following other companies that have taken similar steps by shuttering stores due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple has closed all of its retail stores outside Greater China until March 27. Other retailers, including Urban Outfitters, Glossier, Warby Parker, and Allbirds have also announced temporary closures of stores.

Meanwhile, Walmart — which has almost 5,000 stores in the U.S. — announced on Saturday that it would be limited opening hours at its 24-hour stores. Those stores will now be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice, the company said in a statement.

As of Sunday, there have been 156,400 cases of the new coronavirus reported globally and more than 5,800 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. More than 73,900 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In the U.S., the number of total confirmed cases was 2,952 and the total number of people who have died is 57, mostly in Washington state. Twelve people have recovered.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of COVID-19

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing;
  • When caring for the sick; before; during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • If you feel unwell seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities, follow guidance.

Mask usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks.
  • Clean hands after disposing of mask, do not reuse single-use masks.