The Nets and Barclays Center announced on Saturday afternoon that hourly arena employees will continue to be paid for their scheduled shifts through the end of the May, unless events are rescheduled before that.
A statement released by both the team and the arena read that "Hourly workers at Barclays Center are the bedrock of the fan experience in the arena."
"While all of us are negatively affected by the suspension of the NBA season and state-wide ban on events with 500 people or more, we are especially aware of the difficulties faced by our hourly employees," the statement continues. "When games and events are cancelled or postponed, work stops and so do paychecks.
"With the aim of helping Barclays Center staff get through this difficult time, we commit to provide relief to hourly employees for the paychecks they would have earned if Brooklyn Nets regular season games and non-Nets events at Barclays Center were to continue as originally scheduled. The plan will cover the period from now until the end of May unless the events are rescheduled before that. We will work closely and expeditiously with our partners, including our service contractors, event promoters and unions to implement this plan."
The Nets join the New Jersey Devils among local teams to put plans in place to pay hourly workers during the league stoppages caused by the coronavirus outbreak.