Walmart temporarily closes its Long Beach supercenter for COVID-19 sanitizing – Daily News

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In a move that has become increasingly routine, Walmart temporarily shuttered a supercenter in Long Beach on Thursday so third-party crews can clean and sanitize the building to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The store, at 7250 Carson Blvd., closed at 2 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

This follows the temporary closure on Wednesday of a Downey Neighborhood Market, two supercenters in Torrance and Huntington Beach and a Sam’s Club in South Gate, also for COVID-19 sanitizing. The Neighborhood Market and supercenters are set to reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and the Sam’s Club will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

The mega retailer recently announced additional store closures in Paramount, Anaheim and San Clemente for similar deep cleanings.

Stores like Walmart are typically closed when employees test positive or are exposed to COVID-19, although the company declined to provide details, citing privacy concerns.

The most recent data from the California Department of Public Health show 33,751 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 2,781,039. The agency has recorded a total of 31,102 coronavirus deaths throughout California.

Walmart has implemented a number of safety measures to help curb the spread of the virus. That includes sneeze guards at registers, temperature checks and mandatory mask-wearing for associates. It has also placed social distancing signage throughout its stores and has enacted an emergency leave policy for workers who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work.

“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 and health experts,” the company said in a statement.

Walmart said it will continue to work closely with elected and local health officials, adjusting how it serves the community while also keeping the health and safety of customers and associates in mind.

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