Barre Hannaford back open after coronavirus concerns

Published: Mar. 21, 2020 at 7:50 PM EDT
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The Hannaford in Barre has re-opened after the company says an employee may have tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the store to close Saturday.

A spokesperson said the store went through a deep cleaning Saturday before reopening Sunday and that the company is asking employees who feel sick to stay home. They are also implementing social distancing guidelines to keep customers and workers safe. The company says it will also install plexiglass protection barriers between cashiers and customers.

"This deep cleaning is in addition to our ongoing, rigorous sanitary practices. For privacy reasons, we cannot provide information about the associate. We plan to reopen at our normal time tomorrow morning and apologize for any inconvenience," Hannaford said in a statement over the weekend.

The Vermont Retailers and Grocers Association says it has been working nonstop to coordinate what stores will have to do to stay healthy and stay open during the outbreak.

"From the beginning, we started working with our members to make sure that they can keep their doors open, keep their employees employed. Then, we moved to how do we make sure that our employees are safe," said Erin Sigrist with the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association.

At this time no mandates have been placed on businesses to limit what customers can buy or how many can be in a store at any given time.

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