Some Walmart Stores Reopen After Shutdowns Due to Coronavirus Concerns

May 11, 2020

Three Walmart stores in Massachusetts have reopened after coronavirus concerns led to store closures.

Two locations in the towns of Abington and Avon reopened on Sunday at 7 a.m. after they were closed on May 6 to sanitize stores and test employees for the virus, reports WCVB, an ABC affiliate.

No positive cases were reported among employees at the two locations.

The decision to close the two stores came after a 69-year-old employee died at a nearby store in Quincy, and 13 other employees tested positive.

The Quincy location reopened on Monday after undergoing deep cleaning.

According to Walmart's Boston-area regional general manager, Eddie Bostic, the Abington and Avon locations will resume normal operating hours soon.

“The third-party sanitizing of our stores, as well as the testing of our associates and others that work in the buildings, has been completed," Bostic said in a statement. "We will continue to conduct associate health screens and temperature checks before all shifts, among many other prevention measures, including mandatory facial coverings, and providing face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to all associates."

Bostic added: “Now more than ever before, customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need for their families. While the stores are back open to the community, we know that’s not the end of our work. We will continue to be proactive in our approach to health and safety.”

The precautionary steps come after 81 employees tested positive for COVID-19 at a Walmart location in Worcester, roughly 50 miles outside of Boston.

Cases among the Worcester Walmart’s employees nearly quadrupled in less than a month, with 23 employees testing positive on April 8 and 58 more employees testing positive by May 3.

The store reopened on May 5, according to a statement from the City of Worcester.

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