(Post updated March 13) Patagonia is temporarily closing its European headquarters in Amsterdam for at least one week. All employees – more than 100 – will continue to work from home. Ryan Gellert, general manager of Patagonia EMEA, said that the proactive closure was not an easy decision, but the most responsible measure given the current situation to prevent the spreading of the virus in the company. The Patagonia store in Italy, one of the countries currently worst affected by the Coronavirus, will remain closed until at least April 3.
On the U.S. website, Rose Marcario, CEO and president of Patagonia, announced that the company will temporarily close its shops, offices and other operations after March 13. Employees who can work from home will do so. All employees at Patagonia will receive their regular wages during the closure. The company also apologizes that there will be delays in orders and customer service requests over the next two weeks. According to an announcement on the website, the situation will be reassessed on March 27, 2020.