Those who work ticket booths, security, food stalls and as ushers at concerts are without work while events are postponed statewide as hundreds of Georgians test positive for the coronavirus. Delta has laid off hundreds of contractors after a number of the Atlanta-based airline's flights were canceled. Plants scattered through the state are among the most recent to announce layoffs and closing.
However, while many of Georgia’s businesses are suffering from mass closures amid the spread of the coronavirus, others are hiring more than ever before, due to the increase in demand at grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies.
Home Depot, Costco and Sam’s Club are just a few companies hiring workers and offering benefits amid coronavirus-related layoffs and economic distress. CVS is also looking to fill 50,000 full time and part time positions while offering bonuses and benefits to those who work during “this time of unprecedented need,” according to a press release.
Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health, is pushing to support those who are required to work. “As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we’re taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times,” he said.
Atlanta Mayor Keshia Lance Bottoms announced a 14-day stay at home order with the exception of essential businesses Monday night. As an essential business, Domino’s is also finding ways to help those in need by hiring up to 1500 people in the metro area.
“Domino’s works hard to serve local communities across the country and Atlanta is no different,” said Atlanta-based Domino’s franchise owner Mike Orcutt in a press release. “Stores across this area are continuing to provide pizza to those who are looking for a delicious hot meal and at times like this, staffing is critical.”
For more information regarding layoffs and closings, visit Georgia Department of Labor’s listing.