A man checks his phone in an Apple retail store in Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
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Major retailers across the U.S. are shutting down their stores or reducing hours in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decisions, while smart for customers, workers and the community at large, will no doubt weigh heavily on the already-stressed retail industry.
Public health officials have asked people to refrain from large gatherings to help stem the spread of the virus. They say the virus can be spread from person-to-person when they are in close contact with one another, often through respiratory droplets emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Researchers say the virus can live on surfaces for several days. For this reason, retailers that remain open have stepped up cleaning measures.
To date, there are at least 2,952 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and at least 57 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.