The Walmart store in Aberdeen closed at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed until 6 a.m. Friday for cleaning and restocking to address concerns about COVID-19.
“This will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store, and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community,” according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Ashley Nolan, a global communications senior manager for Walmart Corporate Affairs, said that this was a “proactive measure” and that Walmart has been temporarily closing stores for similar reasons since the beginning of the pandemic.
Nolan did not detail the specific concern at the Aberdeen store that led to this decision. Citing privacy reasons, she would not say if the temporary shutdown was due to a COVID-19 outbreak among employees.
The statement also said Walmart will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and require all people, vaccinated or not, to wear masks in public indoor spaces in locations where transmission is substantial or high.
Harford County is currently an area of high transmission, according to the CDC website.
“When the store reopens Friday, we will continue conducting associate health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings,” the statement read.
Terry and Marsha Perkins of North East were among the customers who arrived to the store Wednesday afternoon and were greeted in the parking lot by a store employee. The Perkins said they shop at this Walmart frequently and were there to exchange items they purchased at that store the day before.
“I’ve never known it to be closed for any reason, except holidays,” Terry Perkins said.
“Well, I’m not upset about it, as long as they do one Walmart at a time,” Marsha Perkins said with a laugh. “I think it’s not a bad idea.”