Days after Nike encouraged its employees to work from home, if they were able, the Beaverton-based retail giant is closing its stores for two weeks.
Nike announced Sunday morning stores in the United States as well as a several additional countries in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
These countries include the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Austrailia and New Zealand, a closure that will begin Monday and remain closed through March 27th.
Here’s the full statement from Nike via CNBC:
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.
NBCSNW has previously reported that if Nike is forced to close any of its stores or distribution centers, those who are unable to work from home will receive paid time off and will not be required to take PTO.
That was confirmed to CNBC Sunday.
Nike, which was ranked No. 90 on the Forbes 500 list, employs more than 26,000 people nationwide, including more than 8,500 people at their Beaverton World Headquarters.