The company e-mailed customers to explain to them that it has made this decision and why.
"We are closing Microsoft Store locations to help protect the health and safety of our customers and employees. During this unprecedented time, the best way we can serve you is to do everything we can to help minimize the risk of the virus spreading."
Microsoft will continue to pay its store employees for their scheduled hours as the premises are closed, however. Rival Apple closed all of its stores outside of mainland China starting several days ago.
Advice from governments in North America, Europe, and around the world is to limit gatherings of people to slow the spread of the virus and take pressure off of health authorities who face a struggle to deal with the serious cases.
Written by: James Delahunty @ 17 Mar 2020 10:09