National chains including Best Buy and Walmart are amending their store policies.
Effective March 18, Best Buy will only allow 10 to 15 customers to enter its stores at a time and has reduced its in-store staffs and services. The company will provide two weeks’ pay to furloughed employees and under a relaxed absence policy will not penalize employees who choose not to work.
Meanwhile, Walmart has cut back its store hours for the second time within a week and will now open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. In addition, stores will open one hour earlier every Tuesday from March 24 through April 28 to accommodate customers 60 and older, the retailer said.
Elsewhere, Apple has shuttered all its showrooms until further notice as have department store chains Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, while T-Mobile and Sprint have closed 80 percent and 71 percent, respectively, of their corporate-owned stores across the country.