Home Depot Halts N95 Masks started distributing and plans to distribute them around the country to hospitals, healthcare providers, and first responders facing shortages of personal protective equipment, or PPE. The announcement comes as the national PPE stockpile is almost depleted because of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S.
On Tuesday, Home Depot made the announcement in a press release. The statement further outlines updates on the security procedures of the store, incentives for associates, and support for the community. Home Depot reported that as a part of “supporting community” all N95 masks in stores and on its website were ordered a “Stop-Sale” notification and that it diverted shipments to medical personnel. The donation of millions of dollars in PPE to hospitals, health care providers, and first responders was also announced. The Home Depot, a couple of weeks ago froze prices of items that were in heavy demand due to coronavirus.
Many of the retailer’s safety measures for its associates and consumers include the shutdown of stores at 6 p.m. more time for Sanitizing and restocking, restrict the number of shoppers in supermarkets, postpone spring sales to try to minimize footprints, and label floors and install signs to encourage social distancing. Home Depot also issues thermometers in supermarkets and warehouses to associates, telling them to do health tests before going to work.
“As our communities battle COVID-19, Home Depot is committed to providing the essential needs required to maintain homes and businesses while doing our best to protect our valued customers and associates,” the CEO of Home Depot said in a statement. “This has resulted in several temporary changes to our business as we look out for your safety and the safety of our associates.”