Three Western Cape supermarkets have had to temporarily close their doors for deep cleaning after staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Two of these stores are located in the Zevenwacht area near Kuilsriver. The third store is located in Somerset West.

“After one of our colleagues at Checkers Zevenwacht tested positive for Covid-19, we closed this store and brought in a professional decontamination company to sanitise and deep clean the store,” the Shoprite group said in a statement.

“We have informed the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Department of Health. An employee screening programme, supported by the company’s mobile clinic, was immediately put into place. Those employees who had close contact with the infected person are now self-quarantining for 14 days.”

The statement stipulates that the store will reopen after consultation with the provincial Department of Health.

A staff member from the Superstar in Zevenwacht also tested positive.

“After testing all our staff, some of the test results have started to come back,” Superstar said in a statement via its Facebook page. “We have now received further positive tests and our store will be closed for decontamination for the remainder of Wednesday. All staff on shift will now self-isolate. Our store will re-open with our reserve shift on Thursday at 8am.”

The Lion’s Square Kwikspar has also temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for the virus. “Our staff are very important to us. Please know that we are supporting this staff member and will also be debriefing and supporting our management team and staff going forward,” it said on its Facebook page.

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Lucinda Dordley

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