The closings were effective Thursday, March 19.
A spokeswoman for the company says part- and full-time employees who are impacted by the shutdowns will receive two weeks of pay continuity as well as benefits. After that, the company will reassess the situation to make any changes as needed.
The decision to shut down stores nationwide came after days of closing an increasing number of stores over the past few days.
“To assist the efforts underway to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are closing all stores in North America for the next two weeks,” said Sonia Syngal, incoming CEO, Gap Inc. “Our focus remains on supporting the health and livelihood of our employees, while caring for our customers and communities. We will provide our impacted store employees with pay continuity and benefits during this two-week period. And, together, we look forward to welcoming our customers back in our stores soon.”