Among the changes announced Wednesday at its stores:
— Stores will close at 6 p.m. to allow more time for sanitizing and restocking.
— The number of customers allowed in stores will be limited.
— Floors will be marked to encourage customers and employees not to congregate.
— Spring promotions are being eliminated, specifically to decrease the number of customers in stores.
Home Depot also announced increased pay and benefits for its workers:
— It added 80 hours of paid time off for all full-time workers and 40 hours of paid time off for part-time workers. The time off can be “at their discretion at any time in 2020,” the company said. If not used, it will be paid out at year-end.
— Full-time workers who are 65 years or older have been given an additional 160 hours of paid time off. Part-time workers receive 80 hours of paid time off.
— Any employee who contracts COVID-19 gets paid time off until given approval to work by a doctor.
— Any employee required to spend time in quarantine by a health official will get up to 14 days paid time off.
— Home Depot is paying bonuses of $100 per week for full-time employees and $50 per week for part-time workers.
— Overtime work will be paid at double the usual hourly rate.
— The company has waived co-pays on health benefits.
Home Depot has 2,292 stores and more than 400,000 employees.