Kamloops McDonald's employee tests positive for COVID-19

The restaurant inside Walmart was closed on Nov. 8 for cleaning and reopened on Nov. 9. Walmart's business hours were unaffected.

An employee at the McDonald’s outlet in Walmart in Kamloops has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the restaurant to be closed on Sunday, Nov. 8, for cleaning and sanitization.

The restaurant reopened on Monday (Nov. 9), while the Walmart itself was not closed.

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According to a McDonald’s spokesperson, on Nov. 8, an employee who works at the Walmart McDonald’s location, at 1055 Hillside Dr., reported they tested positive for COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to immediately shut down the restaurant for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third party,” the McDonald’s spokesperson said. “The restaurant has since reopened this morning and will resume regular business hours.”

The spokesperson said all crew members who may have been in close contact with the infected employee have been asked to self-quarantine until further information is available. The employee worked their last shift on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Any customers who may have visited the restaurant on Nov. 5 are advised to take directions from the BC Centre for Disease Control by visiting its website at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19.

Walmart did not close its store, but company director of corporate affairs Adam Grachnik, in an email to KTW, said COVID-19 safety measures continue to be practised.

“We’re aware of the positive case with an individual at a third-party licensee operating in our Kamloops store,” Grachnik said. “We’re keeping the individual in our thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery.”

Grachnik said safety measures that continue to be taken include:

• Increased cleaning throughout the store;

• Wellness checks that include a temperature check for all employees at the start of each shift;

• Limiting the number of customers shopping in the store at one time;

• Cleaning shopping carts;

• Encouraging regular handwashing;

• Establishing floor markings and one-way aisles to create physical distancing;

• Mandatory masks for customers and employees.

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