To give employees a break, Lowe’s is closing all stores and distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada on Easter Sunday, April 12.
The Easter closing comes after other decisions about how to address workforce issues during the COVID-19 pandemic including temporarily increasing wages through the month of April and providing a special payment for hourly associates as well as ensuring staffers have masks and gloves available if requested.
Lowe’s has made other operational changes as well such as slating more third-party cleaning, enhancing curbside pick-up, mounting customized plexiglass shields at all registers, promoting in-store social distancing markers, adding dedicated social distance ambassadors to monitor customer flow, adhering to guidelines, making regular overhead announcements and adjusting store layouts.
“Our ability to support communities with essential goods and services during this pandemic is thanks to our outstanding, dedicated associates,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO. “We want to provide our teams with a much-deserved day off to spend Easter Sunday with their families and loved ones and recharge. We will take steps to ensure that no hourly associate loses scheduled hours or has a reduction in pay as a result of closing on Sunday. I want to personally thank our 300,000 associates who have helped families stay safely at home. Their actions are nothing short of heroic.”