LYNNFIELD (CBS) – Whole Foods is temporarily closing its Lynnfield store after several employees have tested positive for coronavirus.
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, members of our store team in Lynnfield, MA have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We have implemented improved sanitation measures daily, we have carried out several deep cleanings and professional disinfections throughout the installation, and we are following the recommendations of the 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 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 are talking about opening a week from tomorrow, and I wonder if it will just increase, you know there will be more cases? Because in other parts of the world, now with reopening, cases are increasing. “