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Home Hardware in Chelmsford shuts for a COVID cleaning

Store customer tests positive for COVID-19
North West Lumber Co. Limited is located at 3299 Errington Ave, Chelmsford. (File)

A hardware store customer who tested positive for COVID-19 has prompted the North West Lumber Home Hardware store in Chelmsford to close its doors temporarily to do a thorough cleaning of the premises.

The local hardware store posted a public statement on its Facebook page explaining that a store customer revealed they were in the store on Friday, had no symptoms, but tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. 

"As required by Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD), any team member in direct contact with the infected individual is following PHSD guidelines," said the Home Hardware statement. 

"As we work through this process, we have decided to voluntarily close our doors today (Monday, November 9, 2020) so the store can be thoroughly disinfected," the statement continued.

The store also said the health and safety of its employees, along with the local community was a paramount concern.

"We remain committed to following all health and safety guidelines set out by PHSD, including wearing masks, physical distancing, proper hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning protocols," said the store statement.

"We will follow up with more information as it becomes available. We thank you for your support and understanding as we work through this process," the statement continued.

The store further advised local residents to stay safe and to access the Sudbury public health website for up to date information on symptoms.