Airdrie Walmart closed due to COVID-19 outbreak –

Airdrie Walmart closed due to COVID-19 outbreak – fr

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Airdrie’s Walmart Supercentre store has been temporarily closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among staff.

It is one of at least two big box stores in the Calgary area to close recently due to a wave of infections.

Walmart on the south side of Airdrie closed Thursday night with a sign posted on a window saying the store will reopen on June 6.

“Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of our team members, our customers and the communities we serve,” the brand said.

Social media posts suggested there was a rush of shoppers before the store closed in search of discounted items before it closed, resulting in occupancy beyond the 10% capacity allowed by public health measures.

A Walmart Canada spokesperson said several store staff have tested positive for the virus, while Alberta Health said nine cases are linked to the location, six of which are active infections.

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“We keep the associates in our thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery. All associates will be paid as long as the store remains closed, ”said Felicia Fefer.

“As a precaution, when an associate who works in one of our stores is confirmed to have tested positive, associates identified as being in close and prolonged contact are asked to self-isolate.”

Store staff continue to be vigilant to ensure capacity restrictions are met, she said.

“Our associates at the door use an app to count customers. The app is configured specifically for each store – based on square footage – to meet reduced capacity needs, ”she said.

“While some fresh items in our Airdrie store were briefly reduced in an effort to reduce food waste, the store was below the required capacity according to our records. “

Airdrie Walmart closed until June 6 following a COVID-19 outbreak. Friday May 28, 2021. Photo de Brendan Miller/Postmedia

According to Alberta Health, Walmart stores in Northland Mall and Cochrane are also experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, but both remain open.

Fefer did not say how the company determines which stores with COVID-19 outbreaks are closed, but said it was the only place in Alberta to temporarily close.

Earlier this week, Calgary’s Chinook Home Depot store closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak and plans to reopen on June 1.

Alberta Health said there have been 36 cases linked to that store, of which 34 are active.

“We work with local public health and focus on the safety of our associates and customers,” Home Depot Canada spokesperson Alyssa Haw said in a statement. “Across all of our stores and facilities, we have numerous security measures in place, including… contact tracing and enhanced cleaning in addition to paid time off and associate leave policies, which can be used for any purpose. any reason. “

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The temporarily closed Walmart and Home Depot outlets are among 143 COVID-19 outbreaks in Calgary’s AHS area as of May 25, according to Alberta Health.

Among grocery stores, the Real Canadian Superstores at 3533 Westwinds Dr. NE and 540 3rd St. SE were also listed.

In retail stores, an outbreak is defined as the presence of 10 or more cases.

The moves by the retail giants come after the UCP government on Wednesday announced plans to lift restrictions on businesses and other locations after tougher measures were introduced in early May to tackle a spike in infections.

Starting June 1, customer capacity will drop from 10% to 15% of normal occupancy limits, a number that could drop to a third by mid-month.

The province has been criticized by critics who argue that it is unfair and irrational to allow big box stores to remain open when small businesses have been forced to close under public health orders.

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