Loblaws is the latest store to be hit by the pandemic in Toronto. It was announced on Wednesday, April 22, that a Toronto Loblaws employee from the Forest Hill location has contracted COVID-19. The worker last worked on April 20, just eight days after the same store was left unlocked for the public to enjoy.

Employees were told in a letter on April 22 that the infected worker had tested positive on a "presumptive test" and hadn't worked since April 20.

This is the same location at 396 St. Clair Avenue West that was accidentally left unlocked on Easter weekend, allowing customers a free-for-all before police arrived.

The store's statement confirmed it undertook a thorough deep clean, reached out to the local public health authority, and asked potentially exposed staff members to self-isolate.

A spokesperson talked with CityNews on Wednesday and insisted that customers do not need to be fearful.

“The risk to anyone shopping in our stores (customers or third-party shoppers) is considered low," the spokesperson insisted.

"We proactively communicate in an effort to be transparent, but there is no need for customers to do anything further."

The store is currently back open for business but has taken measures to ensure that those who have shopped recently at that location are contacted.

However, it is unclear whether the opportunistic public who entered the unlocked store on Easter Sunday would have been included in these messages.

It has also not yet been confirmed by Loblaws how long the employee could feasibly have been working in the store while he had COVID-19.

Just two days ago, on Monday, April 20, Loblaws' CEO announced that its stores, and that of its related brands, would be allowing healthcare workers front-of-line access going forward, per CP24.

 

Anyone in Toronto who has visited grocery stores in recent weeks knows how long the lineups can be to get your essentials and for some, it can be overwhelming.

A wide range of establishments in the GTA have been forced to temporarily close due to a case of COVID-19, from LCBO locations to grocery stores.

It's fair to say the Forest Hill Loblaws location has dealt with a lot this month.

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