Foster’s denies rumour of store closure due to COVID

Foster’s supermarket issued a statement Thursday to counter rumours that it had closed its Countryside store due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19.

“This is not true,” the company’s senior marketing manager, Julian Foster, said.

He added, “Should we receive positive results, we will alert the community immediately. Until then, we are open for business and continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and sanitize and clean our stores and high-touch point areas throughout the day.”

The rumours, circulated over social media, follow recent reports of staff at Kirk Market and Cost-U-Less contracting the virus. Both stores underwent extensive cleaning and continue to serve the public. The staff affected at both stores are off work and in isolation.

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  1. Can someone please explain to me why an employer can’t require an employee to be tested? If you want to continue to work at a grocery store or pharmacy you should be tested. For me it would be a work requirement. With all the other regulations that are enforced I can’t see why this shouldn’t be required.