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An Ontario Grocery Store Has Closed After An Employee Tested Positive For COVID-19

An Oshawa Superstore is being shut down until further notice.

While the Ford government ordered a mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces on Monday night, grocery stores and pharmacies will still remain open during this time. However, one Ontario grocery store is shutting down temporarily after one of their workers tested positive for COVID-19. A Real Canadian Superstore in Oshawa is now being deep cleaned before re-opening. 

An employee of a Real Canadian Superstore in Oshawa tested positive for COVID-19 and all recent shoppers who may have been exposed to the virus have been notified by email.

According to CityNews, the store, which is located on Gibb Street, will be temporarily shut down for “deep cleaning.”

Loblaw CEO Galen Weston released a statement about the incident on Monday night.

“As you’d expect, we are staying close to the situation and to his family. At this time, health authorities continue to assure us that the risk of grocery shopping is low, but we must all take care,” he told Global News.

“We’re counting on you to help by giving our colleagues and each other lots of space,” he added.

Loblaws is also working alongside health officials who will investigate the employee’s recent shifts and direct contacts.

It is uncertain at the moment when the store will re-open as it’ll depend on direct consultations with public health.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, grocery stores have been a hotspot for residents who were looking to stock up on food. 

Multiple stores across Ontario had bare shelves last week as some residents lined up down the streets in attempts to stock up on essentials.  

Weston had previously released a statement back in early March, in which he assured customers that there wouldn’t be a food shortage.

“First and foremost. Do not worry. We are not running out of food or essential supplies,” Weston said, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Now, many grocery stores across the province have announced that they are adding additional cleaning procedures to their routine to help stop the spread of the virus. 

On top of that, Sobeys announced last week that it would be installing protective shields around the cash registers to help protect its workers from exposure to the virus. 

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