Sephora is closing U.S. and Canada stores as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, due to concerns around coronavirus.
The retailer put out a statement late Monday night saying stores would remain closed until April 3.
“The health and safety of our employees, their families and the community is our first priority, and to adapt to the rapidly changing situation related to coronavirus [COVID-19], we will be closing all Sephora stores across the U.S. and Canada from 5 p.m. local time tomorrow through April 3,” a Sephora spokeswoman said Monday.
“All store employees will continue to receive their base pay for scheduled shifts for the duration of this closure. In addition, health and wellness benefits for employees who are currently enrolled will continue,” the spokeswoman said.
Sephora’s U.S. and Canada web sites will remain operational, and supported through the company’s supply chain team. “We are taking enhanced measures to ensure their health and wellbeing. Should we experience any unplanned disruptions to one of our distribution centers, all employees will receive the same considerations,” the spokeswoman said.
Sephora joins a growing list of retailers that have closed their doors as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads through the U.S. Many other beauty operations, boutique fitness classes and retailers have also decided to close, citing a desire to stop the spread of coronavirus and keep workers and shoppers healthy.
The news comes several days after Sephora parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said it would cease production of luxury fragrances in order to repurpose that alcohol for hand sanitizers, which it will donate.
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