Walmart temporarily closed three of its Southern California Walmart stores and a Sam’s Club supermarket Wednesday afternoon so third-party cleaning crews have time to clean and sanitize the buildings to guard against the spread of COVID-19.

The closures affected the company’s Downey Neighborhood Market at 1445 E. Foothill Blvd., its Torrance supercenter at 22015 Hawthorne Blvd., its Huntington Beach supercenter at 8230 Talbert Ave. and a Sam’s Club at 871 Firestone Blvd. in South Gate.

The Walmart locations will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and the Sam’s Club will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

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

Walmart recently closed stores in Paramount, Anaheim and San Clemente for similar deep cleanings.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the mega retailer said it wants to ensure its stores are safe for both customers and employees during the pandemic.

“Walmart’s place within the community is considered essential, and we understand the role we play in providing customers with food, medicine and other needed items during this time,” the company said.

Walmart officials said the retail chain 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.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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