MOORESVILLE, N.C. — While hospitals nationwide face shortages of essential items during the coronavirus pandemic, Lowe’s is stepping in to help.
The company is donating $10 million in essential protective products for medical professionals.
It’s part of a $25 million initiative to help support the company’s workers, customers, and surrounding communities as the pandemic takes hold.
Lowe’s stores will also work under adjusted hours beginning Monday, March 23. The adjustments will give workers more time to restock and sanitize stores:
“We are temporarily reducing hours and closing all stores at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, effective Monday, March 23. This will provide additional time for essential product replenishment and to thoroughly clean and sanitize our stores daily. In addition to our enhanced cleaning efforts across the store, we’ve taken increasing measures to ensure our cashiers and front-end teams are regularly cleaning their work areas and registers after each customer interaction.”MARVIN ELLISON/LOWE’S CEO
Some of the money will also go to the Employee Relief Fund to help workers in times of disaster and crisis.
In Texas, Gov. Abbott announced on Sunday that for now, he would leave it up to local leaders about whether to institute a stay-at-home order as other states have done.
In East Texas, no such order has come down. Smith County, which has by far the most cases in the region with 10, saw Judge Nathaniel Moran state that he, for now, has “no plans” to issue such an order.
He referred to it as a “last resort” and while he expects case numbers to go up, the best method currently would be to follow social distancing recommendations.