A spokesman for the store said in a statement on Sunday that the decision was taken “with great caution.”
We have been advised that in the past few weeks, team members from our store in Lynnfield, MA have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We have implemented improved sanitation on a daily basis, have performed several thorough cleanings and professional disinfections throughout the facility, and are following the recommendations of health and food safety authorities. However, as a precaution, and to prioritize the safety of our team members, we decided to temporarily close the store for further evaluation.
All employees who miss shifts due to the closure will be paid.
Whole Foods has said it expects to reopen “in the next few days.”
Stores have implemented social distancing and crowd control measures for Whole Foods customers. Plexiglass barriers were also installed at the time of departure. Employees should wear face masks and take their temperature before work shifts.
“I was scared because I was there just a few days ago and everything was fine,” said Mike Landau, who lives near the store. “It is impossible to know who is sick and who is not, especially in asymptomatic cases. “
“The more things close, the better, but I understand that people need things and everything, so I feel bad for employees who are sick,” said Alissa Landau. “We are nervous. They’re talking about opening a week from tomorrow, and I’m wondering if it’s just going to increase, you know there will be more cases? Because in other parts of the world, now with the reopening, cases are increasing. “