Walmart plans to temporarily close a store in Mobile to sanitize and restock following COVID-19 cases among staff.
The Walmart at 5245 Rangeline Service Road S will close at 4 p.m. Saturday and reopen at 7 a.m. Monday.
“We understand the role we play in providing our customers with food, medicine and other essentials during this time. We also understand that (Mobile) has been particularly affected by COVID-19, ”Walmart spokesperson Phillip Keene said in a press release.
“We are unable to provide information on the persons concerned for reasons of confidentiality,” he added.
Keene said it was impossible to know how someone in the store contracted the virus. He said Walmart was taking social distancing measures such as providing face masks and gloves to employees, erecting perspex shields on registers and creating one-way shopping aisles.
“Everything we do is for the well-being of our associates and clients, and given advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens on Monday, we will continue to perform associated health and temperature checks, and all associates will receive masks and gloves, ”he said.
Mobile County had 8,466 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.