Turkish clothing retailers, including Mavi Giyim and Vakko Tekstil, have temporarily shut their stores in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
“Effective from today, we are temporarily closing all our retail and franchise stores in Turkey, and our retail stores in Germany and Canada,” Mavi said in a statement released on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, our global online stores and Mavi app will remain open 24/7 and our customers will be able to reach us any time via our social media channels.”
Mavi said their head office employees would work from home.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday advised the country to stay at home unless absolutely necessary for at least three weeks, while announcing a 100 billion lira ($15.4 billion) package to support the economy and lessen the fallout from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Turkey announced a second death on Wednesday and said infections had nearly doubled to 191, despite stepping up measures to contain the virus, including closing cafes, banning mass prayers, and halting flights to 20 countries.