Coronavirus Victoria: Woolworths store forced to close after worker tests positive

Louise Cheer
·News Editor
·2-min read

A Woolworths in Melbourne’s southwest has been closed after a worker tested positive for coronavirus.

The Werribee Plaza store was shut at 8pm AEST on Thursday as an “extra precautionary measure” for an “additional deep clean”.

The Woolworths staff member last worked at the supermarket on July 4 and did not have any symptoms at the time.

A Woolworths in Melbourne's southwest has been closed after a worker tests positive to coronavirus. Source: Google Maps, file
A Woolworths in Melbourne's southwest has been closed after a worker tests positive to coronavirus. Source: Google Maps, file

They are now in self-isolation after Woolworths was made aware of the case on Thursday.

In-store customer notifications have been put up in multiple parts of the store.

“While the risk of transmission to customers and team members is low, the safety and wellbeing of the local community is our priority,” a Woolworths spokesperson said in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

“Customers and team members should be assured they can continue to safely shop and work at our Werribee Plaza supermarket.

“Any customers who shopped in our Werribee Plaza store on Saturday 4 July and feel unwell in the next two weeks should make contact with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).”

The store reopened at 7am on Friday.

The spokesperson said they were making contact with staff at that store and would be providing “our full support to those required to self-isolate”.

Woolworths is also ensuring no employees will be financially disadvantaged during the pandemic if they contract the virus and are required to self-isolate by having special leave top-up provisions.

It comes after four people who worked at a Woolworths Customer Fulfilment Centre in Footscray, in Melbourne’s inner west, were confirmed to have COVID-19.

Victoria has been at the centre of a new surge in outbreaks, with 165 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Thursday.

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