Covid-19: Harvey Nichols says customer wellbeing ‘paramount’ as stores close across UK and Ireland

All in-store events, services and appointments have also been cancelled until further notice

Luxury department store chain Harvey Nichols has said the wellbeing of its customers, employees and suppliers is ‘paramount’ as it becomes the latest retailer to temporarily close amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement from its Chief Operating Officer, Manju Malhotra, the retailer said its stores across the UK and Ireland would close from 6pm on 19 March until further notice.

Customers will be able to shop online via harveynichols.com, which the retailer says it is updating daily, and it will continue to deliver to shoppers.

Malhotra added: “We thank you for your understanding and your custom and hope that you and your family stay safe in this difficult time.

“We look forward to welcoming you back to Harvey Nichols as soon as it becomes safe to do so.”

Retail giants Ulta Beauty, Selfridges, Fenwick and Nordstrom have all closed their stores due to the outbreak, while Harrods is running reduced opening hours.

However, pharmacy store chain Boots has said it has no plans to close its stores despite coronavirus concerns.

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