The housewares chain’s ceo Catherine Nunn said in a statement: “I am sure that you have all been closely following the latest updates on the coronavirus situation and there’s no doubt we find ourselves in the most extraordinary of times.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closure of all of our stores, nationwide from this evening (Sunday 22nd March). As difficult as this is, we know that it’s the right decision to help protect our colleagues and customers.
“Customers are still able to purchase what they need from us through our website, and we continue to despatch orders as quickly as possible. Our buying team are working hard to replenish those products we are seeing unusually high demand for, and we are limiting certain essentials where we need to.
“I can’t express enough, how immensely grateful I am to all of our colleagues for everything that they have done and continue to do. The way Lakeland has come together to overcome the challenges that are being presented is truly remarkable and I’m so proud of every single member of our team. It goes without saying that we will do everything possible to support our wonderful teams throughout these uncertain times.
“As a business, we will of course continue to adapt as the situation changes, and you will find the latest updates from Lakeland on our website. Once again, thank you so much for your continued loyalty and support. And most importantly, look after each other and stay safe.”