Due to a sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 infections, e-commerce giant Walmart has temporarily shut down its Camden store in central Delaware. The store has been shut down so it could be cleaned, sanitized and restocked thoroughly. The state is currently facing a sudden winter surge of COVID-19 cases along with hospitalizations.
The store closed at 2 p.m. on January 9, 2022 and is located at 263 Walmart Drive which is expected to reopened on 6 a.m. on January 11, 2021. The shutdown of the store is a part of the program that has been initiated by Walmart to act in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the nation. The recent closure has been reported after a number of other stores were closed across the country for the same reason. Nearly 60 stores were closed in December for cleaning and sanitization purpose amidst concerns related to the omicron variant which is considered as highly contagious.
Walmart in recent times has closed the stores in Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey and Maryland. The company also closed a store in northeast Philadelphia on January 7, 2022 after another store nearby was closed in the city earlier in the week. The stores in Laurel, Maryland were closed on December 30 and 31, 2021 and were reopened on January 1, 2022. Charles Crowson, the spokesperson of the company explained that they have a responsibility as an essential business by providing food, medicine and other essential items in such a phase.
Crowson added that all the measures that are being taken is for the well-being of their associates and for the thousands of customers that they serve on an everyday basis. The spokesperson added that they are also taking the measures as per the guidance of the experts at the Centres for Disease Control and Health. Delaware is experiencing a fresh surge in the number of COVID-19 cases with 784 people in the hospital which broke another record.
Photo Credits: Pixabay