• Rob Hornberger

Kingsville Beer Store reopens after weekend COVID shutdown

Store followed health unit guidelines after employee tested positive
Kingsville Beer Store customers were directed to outlets in Leamington and Harrow over the weekend after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The store reopened Monday.

The Beer Store in Kingsville reopened Monday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, forcing closure of the store for three days.

The store at 251 Main St. W. closed Friday afternoon and remained shut Saturday and Sunday.

“All potentially affected employees followed public health guidelines for those exposed to a known case of COVID-19 and either symptom-monitored or self-isolated based on the circumstances as a precautionary measure,” Ozzie Ahmed, vice-president of retail for the Beer Store, said in a news release late Monday.

He said the Beer Store is working in consultation with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Ahmed said the Beer Store has implemented “complete COVID protocols” at its stores and is following health unit guidelines “to keep our employees and customers safe.”

The release said all Beer Store outlets have robust cleaning and social distancing protocols, and require employees to wear face coverings.

The Beer Store has more than 7,000 employees and according to its website has 433 stores across the province.

The news release was issued after the Beer Store was contacted by the Kingsville Observer.

The Essex Beer Store in Essex also closed under similar circumstances last month after an employee tested positive for the virus. A beer store in Stratford also closed last September.

During the Kingsville closure, customers were directed to stores in Leamington and Harrow.

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