The Food retailer Shoprite had to closed two Cape Town branches after an employee tested positive for COVID -19.

The first Shoprite branch to close was the Bothasig branch. Shoprite Bothasig closed it’s doors last week Tuesday. The Athlone store closed on Sunday and will remain closed until further notice.

The retail giant explained that the Department of Health would need to greenlight the reopening of both stores:

“The Athlone branch closed immediately and a professional decontamination company was brought in to sanitise and deep clean the store. The provincial Department of Health will give notice when the store may be reopened.”

A screening programme has been put into place to ensure other staff members are tested:

“An employee screening programme supported by the company’s mobile clinic has immediately been put into place. Those who had close contact with the infected person are now self-quarantining for 14 days. We have informed the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Department of Health

Other staff members who had come into contact with the infected staff member are now under quarantine for the next 14 days.