In New York, all non-essential stores have been closed since Sunday evening to reduce the spread of the corona virus. Pharmacies, hospitals and grocery stores remain open. So many mattress companies are locations.
In a leaked memo from Business Insider, the mattress company's general counsel, Kindel Nuno, explained the legal justification for the company to remain open, even if it doesn't fit the company 12 categories that the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo classified as essential.
The company will now employ only one employee at all locations in New York, which, according to Nuno in the memo, will allow operations to continue. The governor's guidelines on key companies say that "any company that has only one inmate / employee" need not be identified as an essential company, such as a gas station.
"We concluded that opening and operating stores and warehouses in New York did not violate the regulation," the memo said. "We will occupy all retail stores individually and continue to operate the state warehouses using the recommended practices of social detachment and hygiene."
This is due to the fact that the company closed all stores in Massachusetts and Michigan on its own "stay-at-home" orders. neither of Which have the same exception for doing business with an on-site employee.
A company spokesman confirmed to Business Insider the authenticity of the memo.
"We meticulously review the specifications of state and local orders," the spokesman said. "At the time when Michigan and Massachusetts did not allow individual employee exemptions while the New York regulation did. We know the situation and orders are evolving quickly, and it is never our intention to make a government regulation to ignore. We will continue to work on it. " them when they change to ensure compliance. "
New York has approximately half of all confirmed US coronavirus cases with more than 30,000 and 6% of all confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. The morgues in New York City are expected to run out of space next week, while some morgues in hospitals, according to a Political report.
The mattress buying process is not conducive to social distancing, a non-New York sales representative of the mattress company told Business Insider on condition of anonymity to protect their employment.
The sales representative said that customers continued to give them handshakes when trying to sell a mattress, and found that customers typically try multiple mattresses before making a purchase.
This sales rep said Mattress Firm usually sprays a mattress with disinfectant spray after someone has put it on, and often uses pillow napkins to prevent direct contact with a pillow.
On March 16, John Ecks, CEO of Mattress Firm, published one Explanation Outline steps to prevent corona viruses from spreading in the company's stores, including the use of pillow napkins and improved cleaning of all surfaces, including mattresses.
Coronavirus can last up to two to three days on non-porous surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel, although there are no clear guidelines on how long it can live on porous materials.
Last Wednesday, Business Insider reported that Mattress Firm was taking an unspecified number of employees on holiday and cutting benefits in response to the squeeze corona virus that strains retailers. Bloomberg reported on Tuesday This mattress company sent a letter to the landlords that Coronavirus would prevent the company from paying rent for its businesses and requested that the rent be temporarily suspended.
Mattress Firm filed for bankruptcy in October 2018 and emerged in November 2018 after around 660 stores were closed. After the bankruptcy, it had 2,600 branches and 9,500 employees. It is owned by the South African retail holding company Steinhoff International since 2016.