Apollo-Optik, the German eyewear retailer which belongs to GrandVision, is allowing staff take time off with pay to do voluntary work. The program aims to alleviate the strain on the healthcare system with the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jörg Ehmer, the CEO of Apollo, said that he was deeply impressed by an interview with a nurse calling for support. The company will let staff with medical training or experience work for two weeks in hospitals or nursing facilities. The stint will be followed by a recovery period.