Coronavirus: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off

By Sports Desk March 25, 2020

Due to the ongoing coronavirus limiting team operations, the Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week.

Team president and general manager Don Waddell told the Raleigh News and Observer that the Hurricanes were taking a week-by-week approach.

The Hurricanes announced this week that they would temporarily close their offices as of Tuesday while employees work remotely.

The decision does not affect employees working under contracts. It comes as Wake County commission chairman Greg Ford said the county soon plans to issue a stay-at-home order for residents similar to other areas of the state.

The report first cited an internal email that said employees would go without pay if they had used all allotted time off. Waddell later clarified that, telling the newspaper: "Everyone will get paid and we'll figure it out after that."

With remaining home games on hold due to the suspension of the NHL regular season, the Hurricanes previously announced plans to compensate arena and team-event staff for lost wages.

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