A NUMBER of staff at the Asda store in Westbrook, Warrington are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.
Asda say the majority work in non-customer facing roles, for example night shift replenishment, and every affected colleague immediately self-isolated over a week ago, on full pay, after showing symptoms.
The store is working closely with Warrington Borough Council and Public Health England to ensure that all the necessary steps are being taken in-store, including a deep clean of all the affected areas.
This is in addition to the well-established safety measures already in place at the Westbrook store introduced throughout the pandemic, which include an enhanced cleaning regime, hand sanitizer stations and trolley and basket cleaning equipment, at the entrance, Perspex screens at customer facing checkouts and social distancing signage throughout the store to ensure customers remain more than two metres apart.
An Asda spokesperson said: “We have been working collaboratively with Public Health England and Warrington Borough Council following confirmation a small number of colleagues working in non-customer facing roles at our Asda Westbrook store displayed symptoms of Covid-19 and they are satisfied with the steps we are taking to ensure that our store is a safe place to shop and work. All of the affected areas have undergone an extensive deep clean and the colleagues who had symptoms and then tested positive self-isolated immediately.”
Director of public health at the council, Thara Raj, said: “We are continuing to work with Asda to ensure that the store is COVID-secure, so that staff and shoppers can work and visit with confidence. Whether you have recently visited the store or not, you must only book a coronavirus test if you have any of the three main symptoms of a new, persistent cough, high temperature or loss of normal taste or smell. Please only arrange for a test if you are displaying symptoms.
“Please also remember that if you are going shopping or to any enclosed settings where there will be multiple people from different households, that you maintain a social distance, wash or sanitise your hands regularly and thoroughly, and wear a cloth face covering where appropriate”.
Asda is helping to promote this important message by encouraging all customers who are able to do so to wear a face covering when they shop at the store in line with Government guidance. This is done through point of sale signage and displays in-store, offering disposable masks for sale for customers without their own covering.