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Nike and Urban Outfitters among stores closing all locations in Canada

People hoping to distract themselves from the current coronavirus situation with some retail therapy will have to do so online, as a slew of major retailers have made the decision to shut down operations across Canada and abroad in light of the growing global pandemic.

While we see measures like library, museum, school and arena closures to help slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus nationwide — following cities around the world that have gone into some form of lockdown — stores like Nike, Lululemon and Urban Outfitters have decided to temporarily shutter their locations for the health and safety of their customers and staff.

So far, large brands that have closed the doors of all their Canadian stores include Nike, Urban Outfitters and associated brands Free People and AnthropologieAritzia, SephoraLululemon, Lush, Abercrombie & Fitch and sister brand Hollister, Warby Parker, Levi's, NordstromUnder Armor, Patagonia, Apple, and GoodLife and its offshoot Fit4Less.

Many have also shut down stores across North America and Europe, if they have them. Some closures are for a number of weeks, and some are indefinite.

A number of small businesses, like restaurants, have also followed suit, while many malls have reduced their opening hours.

At the time of publication, 377 Canadians and counting have tested positive for COVID-19 across all provinces.

Prime Minister Trudeau, like many leaders, is urging Canadians to avoid overseas travel and is due to announce new restrictions on which airports will remain open for international flights today.

Officials around the world have instructed the public to self-isolate — or at the very least, avoid large crowds and socially distance — if at all possible to help inhibit community spread.

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