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Home speciality retailer Williams-Sonoma has extended the temporary closure of its stores in the US and Canada due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The decision will remain in effect until 31 May and cover only locations that still remain under complete lockdown restrictions.
The retailer closed its stores on 18 March to support the efforts to fight the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, it will continue with its market-by-market approach with regards to reopening stores in compliance with local and state government guidelines.
Williams-Sonoma president and chief executive officer Laura Alber said: “Our priority is the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities, and we are committed to creating a safe and comfortable shopping environment while continuing to deliver a superior experience for our customers.
“We are closely following CDC and government guidelines and have in place strict safety protocols including regular sanitisation, limitation on the number of customers and associates in-store, appointment shopping, and a supply of protective equipment such as masks and gloves for associates.
“Our stores are an important differentiator for our business, and we are excited to welcome our customers back to our stores.”
Based in California, Williams-Sonoma offers its products for purchase through e-commerce websites, direct-mail catalogues and retail stores.
Last month, Williams-Sonoma decided to extend the temporary closure of all stores in US and Canada stores.
Confirmed cases on coronavirus have reached 4,716,513 globally while the death toll stands at 315,225.