Home Depot (HD), Lowe’s (LOW), and Menards have made changes to their stores during the coronavirus pandemic. Going forward, the home improvement retailers have changed store hours, with limitations added on the number of customers inside their locations at one time.

Home Depot announced that it is adjusting its store hours to close daily at 6 p.m. to allow for time to clean and restock shelves. The stores will open at normally scheduled times.

In addition, Home Depot said it will limit the number of customers inside its stores at any one time to promote social distancing. The company will also not hold its annual spring promotions to help prevent high-traffic levels into its stores during the warmer months.

Home Depot has added social distancing markers at its counters and posted signage across its stores to help customers remember about keeping a safe distance from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The company will also regularly make PA announcements about social distancing for its customers.

Home installation services have also been limited to only essential maintenance and repairs in some markets.

Lowe’s has also enacted new store hours, closing at 8:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday to provide ample time for sanitizing and restocking.

New store signage and announcements will help customers remember to social distance themselves from others. Lowe’s also offers curbside pickup to serve its customers and has changed its delivery procedures to leave packages at front doors, garages, or other specified locations.

Menards also made changes to its operations, posting new stores hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The company will also not allow anyone into its stores under the age of 16, as well as any pets, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Those individuals that look under the age of 16 will be asked for identification, the company said.

Shares of Home Depot stock were ip 0.24% as of 1:21 p.m. EDT on Thursday while shares of Lowe's stock were up 1.27% at the same time. 

HomeDepot_March2015 A Home Depot employee is seen outside a store in Los Angeles on March 17, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson