Given that March 27 has come and gone and LEGO Stores remain closed, fans will be unsurprised to hear that the closure has been extended until April 12. The LEGO Group has closed all of the LEGO Brand Stores, except for those in China, in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
All LEGO Stores except for those in China have been closed for the past few weeks as the company can “no longer guarantee a safe environment for colleagues and costumers.”
Here is the statement that was released when the stores first closed:
In these days of uncertainty it’s important and stay safe. Yesterday, we closed all of our owned and operated LEGO Brand Retail Stores with the exception of China up to and including March 27. Thousands of people visit our stores each day, and despite all the precautions we had taken to remain open we could no longer guarantee a safe environment for colleagues and costumers.
The online shop at LEGO.com is still open and we continue to work hard to meet costumers [sic] requests and wishes. We are seeing shoppers are buying LEGO sets to help them through these tough times. And at the same time, we will navigate with attention to everyone’s health and wellbeing.
Given that different countries around the world are facing different levels of infection, it may be that the reopening of LEGO Stores will vary depending where the outlets are located. April 12 is less than two weeks away, and many countries will still be asking citizens to stay indoors at that time.