SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Shoppers will be unable to make purchases at the Walmart store on Boston Road in Springfield Monday, as the building is temporarily closed.
Walmart spokesperson Phillip Keene told 22News they decided to close the store Monday so that a third-party company can come in to further sanitize the store. He said the decision was made due to a high rate of COVID-19 cases in Springfield and in surrounding communities.
He said that the temporary closure also allows associates more time to restock shelves.
“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens on Tuesday, we will continue to conduct associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves,” Keene said in a statement sent to 22News.
“These protocols are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the past few weeks to help protect our associates and customers, including installing sneeze guards at registers, limiting the number of customers in a store at any one time, one-way aisle shopping, placing social distancing signage, and enacting an emergency leave policy for associates who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work.”
The store will re-open as normal at 7:00 on Tuesday morning.