An employee at McDonald’s Square One location has tested positive for Covid-19.
On September 25, the McDonald’s location, located inside the Walmart Superstore, released a statement announcing the store will be temporarily closed for cleaning.
According to the press release, the employee tested positive on September 25 and had last worked at the location on September 20, from 7 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Customers who visited the location on that date are urged to monitor how they feel and visit Public Health Ontario’s website for more information.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to immediately shut down the restaurant for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third party,” stated McDonald’s press release. “We are working to ensure we reopen safely; as we know, our guests depend on their local McDonald’s, and we are committed to doing our part to help our communities.”
While their last day of work was on September 20, it is unknown whether the employee isolated themselves after suspecting they were sick.
McDonald’s has also stated that all team members who came into contact with the employee were asked to self-quarantine.
Upon reopening, the McDonald’s location will continue to follow the safety precautions that have been put in place. This includes having hand sanitizer available in-store, requiring employees to wear personal protective equipment, and limiting customer capacity. Stores are also encouraged to use floor markers to help guide traffic and physical distancing, and sanitize high-touch surfaces frequently.
“Maintaining the health and well-being of our crew and guests is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor and adapt measures, where necessary,” the statement reads.
While the McDonald’s closes for cleaning, Walmart Superstore and the rest of the Square One Shopping Centre will remain open and will continue following the safety measures that have been put in place. These preventive measures include having hand sanitizer dispensers available at entrances and throughout the mall, as well as requiring customers to wear a face mask or shield upon entering.
This case follows another Square One employee testing positive for Covid-19 back in July. Following Phase Two, many stores in the mall reopened for business, and soon after, a worker contracted the virus.
While Square One could not name the store where the worker was employed or when the mall was notified of the case, a mall spokesperson had stated that the store closed for cleaning, and all employees were being tested.
The Square One Shopping Centre has remained open during both reported cases, and the McDonald’s store has since resumed operations, although no public announcements have been made.