The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to change everyday life in different, unexpected ways. With music festivals and sporting events postponed, the global pandemic has recently reached a new step. In an attempt to slow the spread, several major beauty and fashion retailers are temporarily closing. Although it’s taken a while for the U.S. to begin to take crucial quarantine steps, as of Monday, March 16, many major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, closed all bars, gyms, schools, and other non-essential stores. In more cities, grocery stores will remain open and operating at their usual hours, so there’s no need to overstock. While physical retail stores are, as of this writing, still allowed to remain open, many brands are choosing to change hours or close stores for the time being, for the sake of the employees and public health..
The first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was discovered in late January 2020, according to the CDC, and as of Tuesday, March 17, the CDC reports that there are already over 4,000 cases in the U.S. Because the virus has spread so quickly and so easily from person-to-person, top U.S. health officials urge that people stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing if you need to leave the house. However, if you must run a few errands, know that these physical fashion and beauty retailers have decided to close. (Although the online stores of all the brands listed below are still open.)
Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie has closed all stores until March 28.
Allbirds has closed all stores until March 27. The brand will continue to fully pay and provide benefits to its employees.
Anthropologie is closing all stores globally until March 28 at the very earliest. The brand will continue to pay its store associates.
Aritzia has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and Canada until further notice.
Bath and Body Works
Bath and Body Works has closed all stores in the U.S. and Canada and will pay employees during the closure.
Converse has closed all stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in several locations through Europe, for the time being.
All Dr. Martens stores in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, and the Benelux are now closed until further notice. The brand is extending its normal return policy for all shoppers, and while the online store remains functional, some orders might be delayed.
Free People has closed all its stores until March 28, and all retail workers will continue to get pay during the closure.
As of this writing, Forever 21 currently remains open but have limited their hours of operation to Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
GAP is closing more than 100 stores in areas with high volumes of COVID-19. Their other stores will remain open, though some will reduce hours. Therefore, it’s best to call your local store to verify if they’re open and, if so, what the hours are. Both full- and part-time employees will be compensated during closures.
Glossier has closed all of its global stores and will be compensating employees during the closure.
All U.S. H&M locations will be temporarily closed until at least April 2, according to the brand. H&M associates will continued to be paid for two weeks, and the brand also adjusted its return policy.
J.Crew has closed all of its locations until March 28 and will pay store associates during the close.
Levi’s U.S. stores and outlets will be closed until March 27, and store staff will be paid throughout that time.
Lululemon’s stores will be closed until March 27, and employees will receive pay for their hours scheduled during the close.
Madewell’s stores will be closed until March 28; employees will continue to be paid during this period.
Nike has closed all stores worldwide for the time being, until March 27.
Nordstrom is the first major department store to close all of its stores in the U.S. as a response to coronavirus. Employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits.
Patagonia has closed all its stores and offices in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Japan, and across Europe until at least March 23, when the brand says it will provide another update. All employees will continue to receive regular pay.
Sephora stores will be closed until April 3, and all employees will continue to be paid for hours that they had been scheduled to work.
Supreme has closed stores in the U.S., UK, and France.
As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, Ulta Beauty will temporarily close all of its locations, through March 31 as of now. All store and salon associates will continue to be paid, and benefits will still be provided for those who qualify.
Uniqlo has closed stores nationwide until further notice.
Urban Outfitters has closed all of its stores globally until at least March 28 and will continue to pay store teams.
According to an email sent to customers, all Zara stores are temporarily closed until further notice. Because of this, in-store delivery is unavailable, but the brand will offer home delivery for free. In-store pickup items may be picked up once stores reopen.
We'll continue to update this list as information on more brands' response to COVID-19 becomes available.
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