There won’t be any last-minute Thanksgiving shopping on actual Thanksgiving Day at Walmart this year. The corporation just announced that it will be closing all locations on Thanksgiving Day this year so that employees might “enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” John Furner, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. said in a July 21 press release.
Furner added, “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.” The company said it will be providing full-time staffers a bonus of $300 and temporary and part-time workers will receive $150, set to be paid on August 20. Walmart had previously paid workers “hazard pay” of $2 more per hour and two installments of $300 or $150 (depending on full- or part-time status) bonuses, Fast Company notes.
The Thanksgiving announcement follows the company’s recent statement saying that it will require customers to wear face masks in its stores, which went into effect on July 20. Walmart notes that 65% of its stores are located in areas that mandate mask wearing to help contain the spread of COVID-19, and that the new requirement will “help bring consistency across stores and clubs.”
Although, admittedly, some of the company’s other language in the statement could cast doubt as to how strictly the rule will be enforced. The statement also reads, “We know it may not be possible for everyone to wear a face covering. Our associates will be trained on those exceptions to help reduce friction for the shopper and make the process as easy as possible for everyone.”
Walmart said that it will announce the hours for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving Day, at a later date.