Whole Foods in Lynnfield closes after employees diagnosed with COVID-19

A Lynnfield Whole Foods closed down after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokesperson.

LYNNFIELD, Mass. — The Whole Foods store in Lynnfield has temporarily closed after multiple employees tested positive for coronavirus, a spokesperson for the company confirmed Sunday.

The spokesperson said they have been notified “over the past few weeks” that employees at the Lynnfield store at 427 Walnut Street have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and to prioritize the safety of our team members, we have decided to temporarily close the store to further evaluate,” the spokesperson said.

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A Whole Food's spokesperson confirmed that multiple employees tested positive over the past few weeks and the company was cleaning the store regularly.

There have been daily enhanced sanitation measures and multiple professional deep cleanings and disinfections throughout the facility, they said. They’re also following guidance from health and food safety authorities.

The spokesperson said, “We are supporting our team members who have been diagnosed and are in quarantine.”

They said they’re paying all employees who are missing shifts because of the Lynnfield store being closed, but added that it will reopen in the coming days.

Stores are operating under social distancing and crowd control measures, the spokesperson said, including having plexiglass barriers at check out and requiring temperature checks and face masks for anyone working in stores and facilities.

The spokesperson said they are closing stores up to two hours early to give employees more time to restock shelves, sanitize stores and rest before their next shifts.