Shopper Drug Mart , the one place where doors are normally open even when everything else is closed, is shutting down across Canada.
The change will take into effect as of Today .
Retail workers are put in a very risky position right now. The spread of COVID-19 in Canada has made their jobs equally essential and vulnerable. Recently, a Shoppers Drug Mart employee tested positive for the virus at an Ottawa location.
Starting next week , Shopper Drug Mart Canada is no longer offering any service, and has closed all the stores in Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A screenshot of an email from Shoppers Drug Mart was posted on Twitter by user @abo3aliabdullah on March 27.
“We are writing to inform you that one of the employees at our Shoppers Drug Mart Merivale Mall location has recently tested positive for COVID-19,” the email reads.
A spokesperson from Loblaws Public Relations confirmed that this was the case why they are closing stores in Canada .
The email from the company states that it has taken additional steps above its cleaning protocols and social distancing practices.
These include closing the stores immediately to perform a deep clean, contacting the local public health authority, and telling any employees who had contact with the sick individual to stay home and self-isolate.
The email also stated, “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re notifying customers who recently transacted at this store.”
The company also asked any customers who might have concerns to reach out to the local public health team.