The chain says stores will be closed for an initial two-week period and then it will review the situation based on the latest government advice.
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H&M says it will continue to offer shopping online for all its customers.
The high street chain says it is currently offering free standard delivery and free and flexible returns on all hm.com orders to homes or designated pick-up point.
It has extended its returns policy from 28 to 100 days for both in store and online purchases.
It will accept any unused items with original hangtags and valid receipt.
The Sun has asked H&M what the two-week closure means for staff and whether they will be paid while shops are shut.
We will update this page when we get a response.
Which brands are shutting up shop
HERE is the list of all the retailers that have said they are closing their doors thanks to coronavirus
- Boden – closing all stores
- Burton – closing all stores
- Calvin Klein – closing all stores
- Clarks – closing all 441 stores
- Dorothy Perkins – closing all stores
- Evans – closing all stores
- Fenwick – closing all stores
- H&M – closing all stores
- IKEA – closing all 22 stores
- John Lewis – closing all 50 stores
- Miss Selfridge – closing all stores
- Oxfam – closing all 600 charity shops
- Starbucks – closing all UK branches
- Sweaty Betty – closing all stores
- TK Maxx – closing all 349 stores
- Topshop – closing all 300 stores
- Wallis – closing all stores
A notice on the store's website said: "These last few weeks have been completely unprecedented.
"We have been working hard to make the right decisions under difficult circumstances, and we hope that we have so far got this right.
"As the situation has continued to develop faster than anyone could anticipate, we have constantly re-evaluated what this should mean for H&M.
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"Given how the situation has developed over this past week, we have decided to temporarily close our stores in the UK.
"Our stores will be closed from 21st March. This will be for an initial period of two weeks, and then we’ll decide what happens next based on the latest advice from the UK government and the World Health Organisation."
Topshop closes its 300 stores leaving furious employees worried about pay.#
Ikea is set to close all 22 UK stores due to coronavirus, but customers can still shop online.
And TK Maxx has shut all of its 349 stores as the virus continues to spread throughout the UK.
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