Bezos said the company is hiring for 100,000 new roles, and is raising the wages of its hourly workers who help fulfill orders and deliver to customers.
“At the same time, other businesses like restaurants and bars are being forced to shut their doors,” Bezos said in a statement Saturday evening. “We hope people who’ve been laid off will come work with us until they’re able to go back to the jobs they had.”
Bezos added that the company has implemented a number of health and safety measures in response to the crisis.
“Everything from increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning to adjusting our practices in fulfillment centers to ensure the recommended social distancing guidelines,” Bezos wrote.