Nova Scotians are once again listening to warnings of stay home and avoid shopping except for essentials. Bars and restaurants are closed except for takeout in many areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County. These residents can’t gather in groups larger than five. The Atlantic Bubble is no more.
Days are reminiscent of the spring as the second wave begins in the province.
Sobeys has introduced a new pay-enhancement program for its employees in areas that find themselves in similar lockdowns to that experienced in the spring.
Sobeys calls it the Lockdown Bonus. Employees receive an extra $10-$100 per week based on hours worked, for the duration of the government mandated lockdown. The more an employee works, the more they earn.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, our teammates’ efforts to keep stores open, shelves stocked and Canadian families fed have been nothing short of heroic.” said Michael Medline, President and CEO, Empire Company Limited”
“Our teammates continue to work tirelessly to keep our stores safe and our communities fed. Launching the Lockdown Bonus, in the face of new government mandated lockdowns, was simply the right thing to do. I said that if we ever faced the same level of lockdowns in a region or province like we saw in the early spring, we would bring a recognition program back for our teammates.”
Nova Scotia Buzz reached out to Sobeys and asked if the new program was underway in areas of our province currently under restrictions. Unfortunately, the program is currently only in effect in areas of Manitoba and Ontario that are under lockdown, not Nova Scotia.
Sobeys said families in these areas of Ontario and Manitoba are now mainly relying on grocers and pharmacies for their food, essentials and medication needs.
Nova Scotia employees working for the Stellarton, N.S. based company, find themselves working through the new restrictions and left out of the program for at least the time being.