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Escondido Walmart to close for cleaning amid coronavirus pandemic

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 15:20:47-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- An Escondido Walmart store is set to close Sunday for cleaning and sanitation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the company, the Escondido Neighborhood Market location at 1266 East Valley Parkway will close Sunday at 2 p.m. The location will reopen on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 a.m.

Walmart issued the following statement Sunday afternoon:

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 Tuesday, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves.

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.

The practice has become commonplace at various stores throughout the county. In late December, Walmart closed its Chula Vista store on the 800 block of East H Street for a cleaning.

Numerous news outlets have reported similar closures throughout the country during the coronavirus pandemic.