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DeRidder Walmart closing for cleaning

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Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 12:15 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Walmart in DeRidder will close at 2 p.m. for cleaning, Walmart officials say.

The store will reopen at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19.

Walmart released the following statement:

As an essential business and a member of the Deridder, LA community, we understand the role we play in providing our customers with food, medicine and other essential items, especially at this time.

As you know, several areas across the country have begun seeing a renewed increase in positive COVID-19 cases, and we want to assist health officials working against the pandemic. In support of this effort, we have chosen to temporarily close our Deridder, LA store location at 1125 North Pine Street, today at 2 p.m. as part of a company-initiated program. This will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community. We plan to reopen the store to customers at 6 a.m. on Aug. 19.

Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and the thousands of customers we serve daily, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. Given the rise in positive cases through the Delta variant, we will follow CDC guidance, which includes fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission.

In these counties and where there are state or local mask mandates, associates will be required to wear masks inside our facilities, including stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. You can find the county-by-county breakdown here. The CDC updates its data on transmission rates weekly, so the guidance on mask usage is likely to change over time in different locations.

When the store reopens on Thursday, we will continue conducting associate health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings.

For more on Walmart’s response to COVID-19, click HERE.

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