Toronto Loblaws closes after "a number of" employees test positive for coronavirus

May 11 2020, 7:02 am

The Loblaws located at Dupont and Christie Street has closed temporarily after “a number” of employees tested positive for COVID-19, the grocer said.

After first sharing word about the multiple confirmed cases at the 650 Dupont Street location on May 2, the grocer said the space would be closed for a “thorough cleaning” and was expected to be open as usual the following day.

However, at about 9:30 pm on May 10, the grocer announced that the store had closed temporarily.

“We have always kept the safety of our colleagues and customer our highest priority,” the company said. “With that in mind, we’ve made the decision to temporarily close our Dupont and Christie location to the public.”

The store will now operate as a dedicated PC Express location, providing pickup orders only. The grocer says the pharmacy will also remain open.

Prescriptions can be retrieved or delivered from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays, or on Sundays between 10 am and 6 pm.

Prior to the announcement of the closure, this location had announced the suspension of the PC Express service. The store had also reduced its capacity, checked employee temperatures, and encouraged staff to wear masks and gloves at work.

An earlier case of coronavirus had been reported at the Dupont and Christie location on April 18.