Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Customers wearing masks walk into a Lowe's home improvement store, Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the Canoga Park section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Gray News) - Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lowe’s president and CEO Marvin Ellison said the employees’ day off is “much-deserved," and he is committing to making sure no one hurts financially because of the Sunday closure.

“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," Ellison said. "I want to personally thank our 300,000 associates who have helped families stay safely at home. Their actions are nothing short of heroic.”

Lowe’s previously increased wages for workers through April and provided a special payment for hourly employees.

The company has also taken some precautions to stop the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing measures, plexiglass shields and cleaning shifts.

Copyright 2020 Gray Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.