The Walmart Supercenter on Flatbush Avenue in Hartford is temporarily closed so crews can clean and sanitize the building, company officials confirmed Wednesday.
The closure is part of a company cleaning program. The store will be closed Thursday and reopen on Friday at 7 a.m.
When asked if the closure was related to a COVID-19 case, a company spokesperson deferred to the local health department, but noted that the company has protocols in place during the pandemic and is working to have all stores cleaned and sanitized regularly.
The closure will allow a third-party cleaning crew to work and then allow employees to restock shelves and prepare for reopening.
“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens Friday, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves," a company spokesperson said in a statement to NBC Connecticut Wednesday.
“These protocols are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the pandemic to help protect our associates and customers, including installing sneeze guards at registers, temperature checks and mandatory mask-wearing for associates, placing social distancing signage and enacting emergency leave policy for associates who are unable or uncomfortable coming to work. Additionally, through the help of our health ambassadors, we will continue requiring customers to wear protective facial coverings while inside the building.
“We will continue working closely with elected and local health officials, adjusting how we serve the community while also keeping the health and safety of our customers and associates in mind.”