Macy's closes stores nationwide due to coronavirus

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Macy's has announced it will temporarily close all stores in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

The closures will take place at the end of the business day on Tuesday, March 17. Stores will be closed through March 31. All Macy's, Bloomingdales, Bluemercury, Macy's Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy's stores will close.

“The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and communities is our utmost priority," Jeff Gennette, chairman and CEO of Macy's Inc. said in an emailed statement. "We will work with government and health officials to assess when we will reopen our stores and safely bring our colleagues back to work."

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The retailer says it will provide benefits and compensation to its workforce affected by the closure. Customers can still order items online at Macy's Bloomingdales and Bluemercury websites.

The White House released new guidelines on Monday recommending everyone avoid groups larger than 10 people for the next 15 days. Officials also said older adults should stay home completely.

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