Home Depot to limit number of customers in stores during COVID-19 pandemic

ATLANTA — The Home Depot has announced several measures it is taking to help keep customers and employees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The home improvement store said it will be limiting the number of customers that are allowed in stores at a time.

It will also be closing at 6 p.m. each day to allow time for items to be restocked and the store to be sanitized.

Home Depot will also be putting signs on the floor to help customers practice social distancing while shopping.

In addition, all employee’s temperatures will be checked before they start working each day.

“As our communities battle COVID-19, The Home Depot is committed to providing the essential needs required to maintain homes and businesses while doing our best to protect our valued customers and associates. This has resulted in several temporary changes to our business as we look out for your safety and the safety of our associates,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president of The Home Depot. “We want to thank our associates and our customers for their patience and cooperation as we work through this challenge together.”

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The company said it also will not have any major spring promotions to avoid additional people coming to stores. All services and installations will also be limited to essential maintenance and repairs.

Home Depot has also added benefits for employees working during the coronavirus crisis, which includes a $100 weekly bonus for full-time hourly employees and a $50 weekly bonus for part-time employees and other paid time off benefits.

The company said it has also stopped the sale of N95 masks and is donating them to hospitals, as well as other needed products and supplies for health care workers and first responders.