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Under Armour plans a phased reopening of stores in the U.S.

Under Armour will reopen stores in the U.S. in phases as the nation begins to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the Baltimore-based sports brand said Thursday.

Customers and employees will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing rules. Shoppers will no longer be able to try on garments, as fitting rooms will be closed, and any returned products will be held back for 72 hours before being restocked. Stores also will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations.

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By Friday, the athletic apparel maker expects to have reopened half its stores, including outlet and full-price branded shops. The retailer reopened its first stores in the U.S. on May 15 and opened additional stores last week.

Under Armour owns and operates 188 stores in North America, which employed more than 6,000 people before stores were temporarily closed March 16.

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“We are excited to begin reopening our doors in North America," Patrik Frisk, Under Armour’s president and CEO, said in an announcement Thursday. “Fitness and staying healthy are top of mind for our customers and we are committed to serving them safely, while ensuring our teammates’ well-being remains our top priority.”

The retailer is training all workers on health and safety procedures, reducing store hours to allow time for extra cleaning and limiting the number of shoppers in stores.

Stores will reopen on a case by case basis, as the company consults with government and public health officials. The company suggests customers check its website at https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/find-a-store to see if a local store has opened.

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