As a result of the efforts to combat and slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus — formally known as COVID-19 — restaurant dining rooms have been closed down, people have been staying home, and the world's largest pizza delivery chain says that it needs more people to help with the uptick delivery demand.
According to a Thursday report at CNBC, the company expects to hire somewhere around 10,000 new workers in roles ranging from delivery drivers and pizza makers to commercially licensed truck drivers for its supply chain centers.
Company CEO Richard Allison explained that the hiring surge wouldn't only benefit the chain's hungry, homebound customers, but also people from other areas of the service industry who have found themselves in tough financial situations because of the virus' spread.
"While many local, state, and federal rules are closing dine-in restaurants, the opportunity to keep feeding our neighbors through delivery and carryout means that a small sense of normalcy is still available to everyone," company CEO Richard Allison said in a Thursday announcement that the company is looking for both part-time and full-time workers.
"Our corporate and franchise stores want to make sure they're not only feeding people, but also providing opportunity to those looking for work at this time, especially those in the heavily-impacted restaurant industry," the CEO added.
Those interested in applying for one of the positions can do so on its employment website, the announcement says.
As federal, state and local government officials around the country have worked to combat the spread of the virus, many in the restaurant industry have found themselves at a loss due to mandates that have limited their customers to pickup, delivery and drive-through options. In addition to the orders, the White House has also issued a set of guidelines on Monday advising people to avoid eating in bars, restaurants and food courts for two weeks in order to slow the spread of the virus.
These virus-driven market changes have given businesses already known for their delivery service — like Domino's — a particular advantage amid the response. In response to Thursday's announcement, the pizza chain's stock increased 11% while the company has also been outperforming the S&P 500 index as of late, according to Investors Business Daily.