EL PASO, Texas – A store west of El Paso Sam’s Club was shut down on Saturday due to apparent concerns about Covid-19 spread.
Walmart, which operates the Sam’s Club store at 7970 N. Mesa Street, closed on Saturday afternoon and the company said it would remain closed until Monday morning.
A retail giant’s spokesman told ABC-7 that the store was closed so a professional cleaning company could enter and clean the store.
In a statement, the spokeswoman cited “an increase in coronavirus cases in El Paso”, but did not provide any further specifics on the reason for that particular store closure.
All other Walmart stores in the El Paso area appear to be operating as usual on Saturday afternoon.
This is the second property Walmart has temporarily closed in recent days for disinfection.
Just over a week ago, a Walmart customer at 5631Dyer Street, northeast of El Paso, noticed the same store closed for two days.
At the time, officials said the shutdown was not due to any action by the El Paso Department of Public Health, but an effort initiated by Walmart. That also appears to be the case with Saturday’s Sam Club shutdown.
Mayor El Paso Dee Margo and health officials have repeatedly said that retail stores are the leading source of the virus in the community.
Although County Judge Ricardo Samiengo has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses for two weeks due to the viral crisis, grocery retailers are exempt from that duty.
The judge’s order is being executed by delegates of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Sheriff, who said on Saturday they “hope that the citizens of El Paso will understand the gravity of the matter and voluntarily comply with the Magistrate’s order. Otherwise, coercive action will be taken. ”