365体育官网The Cumberland Farms company said its store on Oak Street in Brockton closed temporarily on Sunday afternoon for deep cleaning after coronavirus exposure.
BROCKTON – A Brockton convenience store is temporarily out of commission as a result of the coronavirus.
Cumberland Farms said it closed its store at 710 Oak St. in Brockton on Sunday afternoon after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. After the employee informed Cumberland Farms of the positive finding, the Westboro-based convenience store chain said it decided to close the Brockton store temporarily for deep cleaning, with plans to reopen later this week.
"We are taking all appropriate steps following guidance from local health officials," said Cumberland Farms, in a public statement issued on Sunday. "We closed the store to be cleaned and sanitized by an industrial cleaning crew. The store will reopen in the next few days. We are grateful to all our customers for your patience and understanding during this time."We can deliver news just like this directly to your inbox. You can sign up for This Just In (a daily 7:30 p.m. newsletter with items we've posted that day), News Alerts (so you don't miss anything important) and more. It's customized to your preferences -- and it'll only take a few seconds.
Cumberland Farms said all its team members who work at the Brockton store have been contacted and advised to follow guidelines for potential exposure issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency tells essential workers who are exposed to others with coronavirus to take their temperature before work, don't go to work if sick at all, wear a mask at all times, disinfect work spaces and practice "social distancing" as work duties permit.
365体育官网"We are making every effort to provide the affected team member and our broader team with the necessary resources and support," Cumberland Farms said.
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365体育官网This isn't the first time that a Cumberland Farms in the region was forced to close as a result of the coronavirus. On Saturday, Cumberland Farms closed a store in Southbridge after an employee there tested positive for the coronavirus. The Cumberland Farms store at 141 Broadway in Taunton also closed for cleaning in early April after an employee there tested positive for the virus. A few days before that, two Cumberland Farms stores in Westport were closed down temporarily after a delivery driver infected with the coronavirus visited those locations.
365体育官网Cumberland Farms said it's taking additional measures at all of its stores and is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop the spread of COVID-19, including installing Plexiglass barriers between customers and employees, sanitizing high frequency touchpoints, and trying to acquire masks for employees. Cumberland Farms now owns and operates nearly 600 stores across eight states, employing over 6,000 people, according to the company's website.
365体育官网"In light of recent updates to those guidelines, we are in the process of sourcing masks as quickly as possible for our team members," Cumberland Farms said. "In the meantime, we recommend our team members wear their personal masks during their shift. In an effort to further protect our team Members, we are in the process of installing Plexiglas barriers to the checkout areas in all of our stores. We have also added notices throughout our stores asking our guests to maintain a distance of 6 feet between each other and our team members, and we’re encouraging our guests to use a form of electronic payment over cash whenever possible. Stores are also being stocked only during slow hours or when the store is closed."