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For us, the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities is our top priority. Things are changing daily, but one thing that won’t? Our commitment to the safety and comfort of our teams and customers. We’re closely following official COVID-19 recommendations of the Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Administrations (OSHA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as local government mandates.
Learn more about how we’re taking care to help keep our teams and customers safe in our Athleta, Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy stores.
In 2020, we committed to evolving our health and safety practices as we safely reopened stores with a strategic plan to deliver a safe shopping experience for our communities. In line with guidance from the Canada Public Health Authority (PHAC), our current mask policy continues to be compliant with jurisdictions where masks are required by law.
For updates on our health and safety measures in our stores and in our fulfillment centers, and additional shopping FAQs:
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Have dedicated cleaning and sanitization efforts
Require all customers to wear masks
Practice physical distancing
Wash and sanitize hands frequently
Complete an Employee Health Screening at the start of each shift
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April 27, 2021
We rolled out the first of our on-site vaccination clinics at our Customer Experience Centers in select areas. Clinics will continue into May. All vaccines were administered by licensed health care providers and employees were permitted to receive their shot while on the clock.
February 26, 2021
We are announcing that our brands are donating 3.5 million masks and face coverings to join the White House’s call to action today and pledge our support to do our part to end COVID-19. We will distribute the masks through the help of our trusted non-profit partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Good360, and others.
November 19, 2020
Today, Athleta launched their highly anticipated Activate Mask, their most innovative, and technical mask yet, great for both workouts and everyday life. Designed in collaboration with the Emergency Design Collective, the mask was developed with patent-pending technology to help block particles and keep air flowing.
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Updated June 30, 2021
We are re-opening stores as soon as is safe to do so, and actively engaged in the safety needs of our employees, customers and communities. Here’s how we’re taking care of our customers:
Mask Requirement – We are requiring all employees and customers to wear masks in our stores, with the exception of small children or those who are exempt due to an underlying medical condition. Customers in Alberta and British Columbia are recommended to wear masks if not fully vaccinated, except in jurisdictions where masks are required by law.
Health Guards at Checkout – We’re encouraging a limited contact checkout process for our customers with plexiglass Health Guard shields and encouraging customers to utilize contactless pay options during this time.
Increased frequency of regularly scheduled cleanings and sanitization efforts in-store – We’ve added sanitization stations at the front doors and throughout the store, in accordance with Public Health Agency of Canada.
Social Distancing Guides in-store – We’ve added in-store signage and cues for customers to promote social/physical distancing while shopping in our stores.
For extra protection, we are temporarily closing restrooms.
In response to customer demand, we’re re-opening most of our fitting rooms and increasing regular cleaning. Based on updated Public Health Agency of Canada as well as some local and provincial mandates regarding the use of fabric masks for the general population, we’re encouraging customers to wear a face covering while shopping.
Based on the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as some local and provincial mandates regarding the use of fabric masks for the general population, we’re requiring customers to wear a face covering while shopping, with the exception of small children or those who are exempt due to an underlying medical condition, in addition to our employees. Customers and employees in Alberta and British Columbia are recommended to wear masks if not fully vaccinated, except in jurisdictions where masks are required by law.
Online purchases made on or after May 1, 2020 have an extended return window of 90 days. Purchases made online before May 1 and all in-store purchases follow our usual Return Policy.
Returns can be made at stores that have reopened for shopping. We recommend in-store returns to get your refund faster. Show your shipping confirmation email printed, or on your mobile device, to return in store.
Returns sent by mail are being delayed 4-6 weeks due to high volume and additional safety precautions taken by shipping carriers and at our return center.
Some customers may experience shipping or return processing delays as Gap Inc. is taking extra precautions in our fulfillment centers as we work to help keep our teams safe. We thank customers for understanding and have been working hard to get caught up with demand.
You can check your order status for most of our brands on your order confirmation page.
In select cities you can schedule a safe and convenient shopping experience with Curbside Pickup. You will see this option at check-out if it’s available to you and have the ability to order items online or from our app, and then pick them up at your local store (Orders made by 2 p.m. are ready in just 2 hours). We'll email when your order is ready, then our store teams will bring your order to your car with contactless delivery.
Customers can place orders anytime for limited contact Curbside Pickup in select stores across North America
When shopping on our website, customers can place phone orders anytime for limited contact Curbside Pickup in select stores across Canada.
When a customer’s order is ready, they will receive a phone call from the store letting them know to head to the store. Customers will need to have their photo ID so that store teams can confirm upon arrival through a closed car window.
Once the customer arrives at the store, they will need to call the store number provided and park in a place that is safe for both the customers and the store associate. Next, all they need to do is pop their trunk, and our store teams will load orders into customers’ cars at a safe distance.
As communities around the world make moves to reemerge and reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is certain; wearing face masks has become the new normal. Our brands have responded to the demand from consumers by producing masks for everyday use, available online and in stores while supplies last.
Here are some details of the first masks being offered online and in-store by the Gap Inc. family of brands.
We’re excited to welcome our employees, customers and communities back into our stores.
To find out if a store near you is open, please check out our store locator for each brand: Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Intermix
We are re-opening stores as soon as is safe to do so, and actively engaged in the safety needs of our employees, customers and communities. Here’s how we’re taking care of our store teams:
Masks for Team Members – We will provide all our associates with masks to wear during their shifts to protect each other and our customers. We are also requiring all customers to wear masks in our stores, with the exception of small children or those who are exempt due to an underlying medical condition. Customers and employees in Alberta and British Columbia are recommended to wear masks if not fully vaccinated, except in jurisdictions where masks are required by law.
Practice Social/Physical Distancing – We will have visual cues denoting proper distancing and will safely-space active registers for customer checkout.
Conduct frequent handwashing/hand sanitizing – We are committed to promoting sanitization practices and implementing associate health screenings, because the health and safety of our teams and customers are our top priorities.
Advising employees not to come to work if they are ill and requiring all employees to do a health check at the start of each shift.
We have increased the frequency of regularly scheduled cleanings and sanitization efforts in our Distribution Centers. We’re recommending all employees to take precautionary health measures, including frequent handwashing, social distancing, staying home when sick, and pausing all non-essential work travel. We are also providing masks to employees and have implemented temperature checks in all of our North American distribution centers.
We have welcomed tens of thousands of our employees back to work. Our priority remains welcoming back our furloughed employees and offering them shifts as we reopen more stores. However, if we are unable to fill shifts by reactivating furloughed employees, then we will open hiring for new team members.
In addition to welcoming back team members across the business, we have provided employees at our stores, headquarters and Distribution Centers with a package of four reusable, non-medical grade fabric masks, as part of our commitment to helping to keep our employees, customers and communities safe.
Gap Inc. helped to get masks to those who need them most, including leveraging its expansive supply chain to connect hospital networks with millions of critical PPE (personal protective equipment), for frontline healthcare workers.
Old Navy and Banana Republic donated over $50 million of new clothing to American families in need via Old Navy and to help underprivileged back to work via Banana Republic.
Old Navy and Gap brand are each donating 50,000 reusable masks to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which has many Clubhouses still open and operational as a safe place for kids and families in underserved communities.
Banana Republic has donated $10 for each mask that sold between April 23 and May 22, 2020 to Feeding America, amounting to a total of $220,000.
Athleta is donating 100,000 non-medical masks to a major healthcare organization, in support of our heroes on the front line.
Janie and Jack is donating $5 for every pair of masks purchased between 5/8-9/30 to Baby2Baby in addition to donating 1,000 non-medical masks.
We also have reusable, non-medical grade fabric masks available for customers, including in fun fashions and prints to bring a bit of joy to this new normal.
To learn more about how we’re giving back to communities, you can read about our effort here.
To support our impacted employees, particularly our store teams, Gap Inc. has set up an Employee Resource Center, including unemployment resources, interviewing and resume tips and more. Learn more.
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Gap Inc.’s Plan for Store Re-Openings, including Safe Shopping Practices
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