If you were planning on doing a quick errand at Walmart this weekend, whether it was grocery shopping, shopping for essentials in preparation for Hurricane Henri, or just browsing the hypermarket, you could park on the parking lot to find your local store closed. Walmart shoppers from coast to coast have noticed their stores are closing until Sunday August 22 or Monday August 23, and the retail giant is now explaining why. Read on to find out what’s going on and to see if your Walmart is affected by the temporary shutdowns.
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In its online COVID-19 information guidelines, Walmart says its stores are mostly open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. unless otherwise specified, and are generally closed at night in order to do more “cleaning and cleaning.” of improved disinfection in stores ”. However, they note that “shops and clubs may be temporarily closed from time to time if circumstances warrant for additional cleaning and operational refreshment.” And that seems to be happening more and more lately, as COVID cases are on the rise as well.
Local media outlet KXLY in Spokane, Wash. Says that due to the increase in COVID cases across the country, Walmart is closing stores to perform more of these deep cleanings. “Several parts of the country have started to see a further increase in positive COVID-19 cases, and we want to help health officials battling the pandemic,” Walmart’s communications director said. Lauren Willis stated in a statement at the point of sale. “Everything we do is for the well-being of our associates and the thousands of clients we serve daily, and taking into account advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. “
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If you are wondering if your store is closed due to a positive COVID case, you might never get this answer. Walmart would not say if closed stores had reported cases of COVID exposure. “We are unable to provide information on those affected by COVID-19 for confidentiality reasons” Brian PetitWalmart’s director of global communications, told NBC News affiliate WITN in Greenville, NC.
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Walmart stores that close for a deep cleaning are typically closed for 40 hours, from 2 p.m. one afternoon until the store opens not the next day, but the next at 6 a.m.
The Spokane Valley Walmart at 5025 E. Sprague Ave. closed on Friday August 20 from 2 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday August 22 at 6 a.m., KXLY reports.
The Walmart Supercenter in Lufkin, Texas, is also closed from Friday afternoon until the store reopens Sunday morning, radio station KSFA reports. The outlet says customers suspected the closure before it was announced because “many Lufkiniens were trying to schedule their weekly grocery pickup online, but were told there were no schedules available before Monday morning ”.
Stores in North Carolina and Mississippi are also closing for the same period: the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and the Walmart at 960 Brookway Boulevard in Brookhaven, Mississippi.
In Alabama, the Dotham Walmart at 3871 W. Main St. will close from 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 until Monday, August 23 at 6 a.m. “When the store reopens on Monday, we will continue to conduct associate health assessments. , and all unvaccinated associates should always wear face covers, ”the company told the Dotham Aigle.
Walmart’s current policy is that, under CDC guidelines, “all Walmart and Sam’s Club associates working in an area of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 are required to wear a mask or face covering when they work indoors, regardless of their vaccination status ”. Right now, 95% of U.S. counties have at least substantial levels of COVID transmission, according to a CDC map.
Additionally, Walmart said, “For stores located in areas of high or high COVID-19 transmission, Walmart will use health ambassadors at the front of the store to remind customers of safety standards when entering. in the store. “
Walmart stores also encourage social distancing by monitoring the number of customers shopping at the same time, sneeze guards have been put in place to protect associates, and Walmart has its one-hour shopping window on Tuesdays reserved. clients aged 60 and over, those with disabilities and those who are immunocompromised.
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