STAFFORD — Due to NJ Coronavirus regulations, the Manahawkin Home Depot has limited occupancy to 50 individuals.  A spokesperson announced to the crowd waiting outside that store hours have changed effective immediately to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Normal business hours have been 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

"As an essential retailer to the communities it serves, The Home Depot is committed to keeping stores open just as it always does during times of crisis and natural disaster," the retailer said in a statement. 

The company said the reduced hours will provide time for staff to restock shelves and clean the stores.

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"As many items across our store are in high demand, the company's merchants and supply-chain teams are prioritizing replenishment and restocking as quickly as possible," Home Depot said.

Home Depot also reported in the statement today that it is giving full-time hourly employees an additional 80 hours of paid sick time or personal time, while part-time hourly employees will get an additional 40 hours.

That time can be used for a variety of reasons, including, for example, caring for children if their school is closed. Workers will also be paid if they're forced to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus.