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Lowe's joins list of stores closing on Easter Sunday

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Lowe’s announced Tuesday that all of its stores and distribution centers in the United States and Canada will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12, joining other retailers that are doing the same.

Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison said in a statement that he wants employees “to spend Easter Sunday with their families and loved ones and recharge.”

Lowe’s employs about 300,000 associates, the statement said.

"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 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."

Lowe’s joins Trader Joe’s, Kroger and other major retailers giving employees the day off on Easter.

Kroger announced Monday that it will close early Easter Sunday to "provide its associates with more time to rest and be with their families."

Sam’s Club, Costco and Target have typically closed on Easter Sunday and will also close this year.

Tuesday's announcement by Lowe's builds on previously shared updates in response to COVID-19, such as temporarily increasing wages through the month of April and providing a special payment for hourly associates and ensuring they have masks and gloves available for associates who request them.

"We continue to listen to our associates' and customers' feedback and make necessary adjustments to help keep everyone in our stores safe during this unprecedented time," Ellison said.

Operational changes include more third-party cleaning shifts as well as updates to support social distancing guidelines, such as enhanced curbside pick-up, customized Plexiglass shields at all registers, in-store social distancing markers, dedicated social distance ambassadors to monitor customer flow and adhere to guidelines, regular overhead announcements, and adjusted store layouts.

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