Walmart reopens two stores after closing amid coronavirus concerns

Walmart reopens two stores after closing amid coronavirus concerns

Walmart reopened its Abington and Avon stores on Sunday, after closing Wednesday for precautionary measures amid coronavirus concerns.

An employee at a Quincy Walmart recently died of the virus, prompting that store to close indefinitely on May 4.

“Now more than ever before, customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need for their families,” Eddie Bostic, Boston-area Regional General Manager of Walmart, said in a news release on Sunday.

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“While the stores are back open to the community, we know that’s not the end of our work -- we will continue to be proactive in our approach to health and safety.”

The Abington store is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., while the Avon store is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the release.

The stores will soon resume their normal operating hours.

Bostic said that those stores have had third-party sanitizing and that those associates and others who worked in those buildings have been tested.

“We will continue to conduct associate health screens and temperature checks before all shifts -- among many other prevention measures, including mandatory facial coverings, and providing facemasks, gloves and hand sanitizer to all associates,” Bostic said in the release.

Employees at the Abington, Avon and Quincy stores have all been tested for the virus, the release said.

Phillip Keene, Director of Global Corporate Affairs at Walmart, said they are continuing to work with local officials on when to re-open the Quincy Walmart.