Kidstuff has announced that it will temporarily close its stores amid the fallout of COVID-19. 

The retailer, which operates 58 stores across Australia, shut the stores from 9am Tuesday 24 March and is yet to disclose when they will reopen.  

In a statement, Kidstuff said it was a very difficult decision to make. 

"As we move into this unprecedented time of uncertainty with regards to the COVID-19 virus, our main priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of all our Kidstuff family.

"We have been monitoring the situation very closely and have made the tough decision to temporarily close all our Kidstuff stores. 

"This is not a decision that was made lightly but we feel it’s in the best interest of our people and you, our extended family." 

Despite the store closures, Kidstuff is encouraging consumer connection through digital mediums. 

"We are forever looking for new ways that we can inspire individuality and reward curiosity, and rely on you, our community, to give your input and feedback on what can bring more joy," Kidstuff said.

"Stay connected and follow us on Facebook where we’ll be encouraging a digital form of social gathering.

"Tag Kidstuff in your pictures or creative ideas and ways of making use of your toys and time so we can share with everyone."

The retailer will put its in-store refunds policy on hold, however consumers who have purchased items between 26 February and 23 March and want a refund are eligible to receive one when the store re-opens, subject to the product meeting returns criteria.

Kidstuff's online store will continue to operate as normal but with elevated hygiene and safety policies in place. 

Consumers will be able to continue using physical gift cards on the Kidstuff website. 

Kidstuff has been contacted for further comment. 

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