(Meredith/AP) - Walmart announced it will be giving special bonuses to its hourly employees to reward them for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Part-time workers will receive $150 while full-time workers will receive $300, provided they started March 1 or earlier. 

The bonuses will be paid out on April 2. Walmart will also move up quarterly bonuses for workers.

“Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers during these unprecedented times,” said Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart. “We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us.”

The retail giant also plans to hire 150,000 hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May, as online orders surge with households stocking up.

The jobs are temporary, but many will become permanent, said spokesman Dan Bartlett. He said that the company is reaching out to those in the restaurant and hospitality industry, both of which are getting slammed by lockdowns and travel bans.

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