Pick n Pay in Hout Bay has temporarily closed its doors, as it has emerged that an employee there tested positive for COVID-19.

“Our Hout Bay store is temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for Coronavirus. We moved swiftly to trace his close contacts and they are at home in self-quarantine. As a precaution, we have arranged for all staff members to be screened and they will return to work with the guidance of a health practitioner,” Pick n Pay said in a statement.

“A specialised cleaning team is deep cleaning and sanitizing the entire store and it will reopen once this has been completed. Support staff will assist the store until all staff have returned to work. ¬†We have informed the Department of Health. ”

The supermarket also assured its customers that the health and safety of both customers and staff are a top priority.

“We have several prevention measures in-store, including transparent Perspex screens at all till points. We have also made non-surgical face masks available to staff. Expert advice is that frequent and proper hand-washing is still the most effective measure against the virus, and our staff are required to sanitise or wash their hands throughout the day. We have also made hand sanitisers readily available for all staff and customers in stores, and tills are sanitized after each transaction,” it said.

“We also have clear distancing policies in all our stores. This includes floor markers and asking customers to queue and shop with a trolley so that safe physical distancing can be maintained at all times.”

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Lucinda Dordley

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