Dollar General Continues COVID-19 Proactive and Preventative Measures
Our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, customers and local communities has remained our top priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are committed to providing our employees and customers with a safe, clean and pleasant store environment in which to work and shop. We have also implemented several proactive and preventative measures, and we are proud to have remained open to serve our neighbors as one of America’s essential retailers.
Our COVID-19 response efforts were recognized in 2020 by Forbes magazine, which named Dollar General among its top 25 corporate responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are reflected in a Harris Poll that outlines the essential role our stores are playing.
DG’s ongoing and updated efforts include:
- Following the most recent CDC guidance, Dollar General will not require fully-vaccinated employees, customers and vendors to wear facial coverings or masks. All others are encouraged to continue wearing face coverings. This update applies across our organization and includes our stores, distribution centers, transportation teams and Store Support Center.
- In areas where local, county and/or state law mandates mask use, employees and customers are required to wear masks.
- Customer and vendor exceptions include situations where wearing a mask is not recommended due to age, a health or medical condition, or is otherwise exempted by state or local order.
- Employee exceptions include situations where the Company is not able to otherwise provide a reasonable accommodation for certain medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs or the employee is otherwise exempted from the requirement by state or local order.
- For Employees: We continue to work to remove barriers by providing our frontline, hourly store team members with a one-time payment equivalent of four (4) hours of regular pay after receiving a completed COVID-19 vaccination and our salaried team members with additional labor hours to accommodate for their time away from the store.
- For Customers and Communities: We want to be part of a solution to serve local communities and continue to have constructive conversations with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on ways we can support the nation's COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts. With an expansive and unique real estate footprint, of which approximately 75% of the American population is within five miles of a DG store, we are honored to be part of a public/private partnership to assist the CDC, as well as federal, state and local entities. Specific details regarding potential vaccine distribution at Dollar General locations will be provided if/once finalized. We remain ready to help where appropriate.
Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
From stores and distribution centers to the DG Private Fleet and corporate offices, enhanced cleaning protocols continue to be part of our daily operations.
Additional Safety Measures
We continue to provide PPE to employees, including facial coverings, and have added hand sanitizer for employee and customer use. Additionally, in all traditional distribution centers and cold storage facilities, temperature scan checks are administered for each employee prior to each shift.
We continue to seek individuals to support store, distribution center, private fleet and corporate functions. We provide employees with competitive wages, world-class and award-winning training and development programs and benefits including day-one telemedicine eligibility and Dollar General’s Employee Assistance Foundation – as well as health insurance coverage options, 401K savings and retirement plans, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave and adoption assistance to eligible employees. Individuals seeking to begin or grow their career are encouraged to review opportunities and apply online at www.dollargeneral.com/careers.
We are enhancing customers’ shopping experiences by offering DG Pickup and increasing the number of stores with self-checkout. DG Pickup is now available for most stores and allows customers to shop from the convenience of the DG app on their smart phone. After placing an order, customers receive a communication when their order is ready. Once at the store, customers can grab their order from the in-store DG Pickup shelves and be on their way. DG Pickup also allows customers to take full advantage of the DG Digital Coupons for instant savings.
Paid Sick Leave
By entering their worksite, employees are confirming that they are COVID symptom free, have not been in direct contact with someone known to have tested positive for COVID and are not awaiting the results of a COVID test. Employees who are experiencing fever or other symptoms of the virus are asked to stay home. Also, employees impacted by COVID-19, including those who must remain at home due to their own diagnosis, to care for an immediate family or household member or while awaiting test results based on their own health symptoms, are paid for regularly scheduled hours during those times.
Increased Telehealth Services
For employees not enrolled in Dollar General medical plans, we provided an additional opportunity to enroll in a Telehealth program, which provides affordable healthcare options to employees without physically visiting a healthcare provider’s office. We are also currently waiving all telehealth co-pays for employees covered under Dollar General’s medical plans.
Dollar General Employee Assistance Foundation Donation
In FY 2020, Dollar General made a $5.25 million donation to the Dollar General Employee Assistance Foundation, which provides financial assistance to employees during specified times of need.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Donation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to have contributed $2 million to support Save the Children’s coronavirus response efforts across rural America to help ensure children continue to learn and have access to nutritious foods. Save the Children’s programs supported by this donation help provide resources to families to begin or continue at-home learning processes and distribute educational games and toys, as well as hygiene materials and shelf-stable foods. Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
We were one of the first to announce senior hours, which are designed to allow some of the most vulnerable customers the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open. By encouraging customers to plan their shopping trips around these hours, this allows seniors to purchase the essential items they need in less busy and crowded shopping periods.
We continue to remind employees on a regular basis of the steps to help avoid or contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus as well as steps they should take if they experience symptoms or have direct contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Protocols have also been established on how employees should respond to both direct and indirect exposure to the virus.
The Dollar General team is united through our mission of Serving Others, which is the lifeblood of our business and culture, and our team members continue to demonstrate its strength every day.
We continue to monitor and update our measures if/when necessary.