BALTIMORE — Royal Farms will pay a $50 wellness bonus to each employee who gets inoculated against the COVID-19 virus through the end of 2021, the company announced.
The chain has been taking extensive preventive measures against COVID-19 beginning early in the pandemic and strives to keep the entire staff, its families and customers safe, it said.
“The health and safety of all employees continues to be Royal Farms’ priority and, to encourage employees to get the vaccine we will be offering every employee a $50 wellness bonus once they have completed their full vaccination schedule,” said Brian Roche, director of human resources.
“Employees have worked under some uncertain and often stressful conditions and have helped make it possible for the company to continue serving the need of the public,” said John Kemp, Royal Farms president. “Royal Farms believes it is important that all its essential workers are vaccinated because getting the COVID-19 vaccine gives an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and could also protect coworkers and their own families.”
Once employees have received the vaccine, they can get an official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination sticker that they can wear if they choose to do so.
Other measures the chain has undertaken include daily temperature checks, installation of protective barriers at all stores, following social distancing guidelines for customers and staff and wearing protective masks and gloves.
Baltimore-based Royal Farms operates more than 240 convenience storess in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.