TJ Maxx and HomeGoods stores, both with locations in Cedar Rapids, will temporarily close to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus.

The Georgia-based TJX Companies, which owns TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, HomeSense, Marshall's and Sierra Trading Post, is closing for the next two weeks. CEO and President Ernie Hermann announced this will apply to all stores in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia, along with their online businesses, distribution and fulfillment centers.

Hermann said in a statement, "this pandemic has affected everyone’s lives, including those of our associates and customers. We know our associates are very concerned for their health and financial well-being and we plan to pay our store, distribution and office associates for two weeks during these closures".

Home Depot stores will close daily at 6 p.m., according to the same report. The change at Home Depot is to allow staff to thoroughly clean and restock stores in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.