Southbridge store closed for cleaning and sanitization

📸 Kathy Rodriguez photos for The Citizen Chronicle

SOUTHBRIDGE — A local gas station and convenience store has been temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

An unidentified employee at the Cumberland Farms at 357 Main Street recently tested positive for coronavirus. No demographic information pertaining to the employee has been released, nor a timeframe of when the positive test results were received. The store was closed at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Upon learning of the positive test results, Cumberland Farms closed the store and notified employees of the situation, according to an official statement released by the company.

“One of Cumberland Farms Team Members at our 357 Main Street, Southbridge MA location has informed us that they have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking all appropriate steps following guidance from local health officials. We closed the store at 12:30 PM (EST) on Saturday, April 18th to be cleaned and sanitized by an industrial cleaning crew. The store will re-open in the next few days. We are grateful to all our customers for your patience and understanding during this time,” reads the Cumberland Farms statement.

The official statement added: “All Team Members that work at the store have been contacted and advised to follow CDC-recommended guidelines. We are making every effort to provide the affected Team Member and our broader team with the necessary resources and support.”

A sign taped to the door on Saturday afternoon read: “As a result of recent business conditions we are constantly monitoring the business needs and, if warranted, may alter hours or close a particular store. We have made the decision to TEMPORARILY close this store at Southbridge, MA. We hope to return to regular operations as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

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