THE WHAT? Lush has become the latest beauty company affected by the coronavirus, having announced the closure of all North American stores and slowdown of production.
THE DETAILS All 258 retail outlets in Canada and the U.S. were closed as of 16th March until 29th March, with staff being paid as normal during the two-week closure.
Taking to a statement, owners Karen and Mark Wolverton said, “Because our products are all made fresh by hand weekly for our shops, these closures will also require us to significantly scale down our manufacturing and distribution operations for the duration of the shop closures.”
Consumers can still purchase products online.
THE WHY? The store closures signal the latest attempt by the company to act against the spread of the virus, with Lush last week announcing it had stepped up in-store cleaning and personal hygiene practices, cancelled events and product demonstrations, and removed product testers to limit the spread.