Local Walmart Supercenter temporarily closes for the rest of the weekend

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FILE – In this Nov. 27, 2019, file photo Dan Villegas stocks items in preparation for a holiday sale at a Walmart Supercenter in Las Vegas. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for December. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

CENTRAL, La. (BRPROUD) – It is starting to feel like Groundhog Day but this time it has to do with COVID-19.

The Walmart Supercenter in Central, La is closing for the rest of the weekend.

This is being done to allow for additional cleaning, sanitizing and stocking.

If you need to get your prescription from this Walmart, Pharmacy Curbside service is available while the store is closed. The Pharmacy Curbside hours for Sunday are 10:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Walmart provided details about this decision below:

As an essential business and a member of Baton Rouge, Louisiana community, we understand the role we play in providing our customers with food, medicine and other essential items, especially at this time.

As you know, several areas across the country have begun seeing a renewed increase in positive COVID-19 cases, mainly in regions with low vaccination rates, and we want to assist health officials working against the pandemic. As part of this effort, we chose to temporarily close our Baton Rouge, LA store location at 10200 Sullivan Rd, today at 2 p.m. as part of a company-initiated program. This will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community. We plan to reopen the store to customers at 6 a.m. on Aug. 2.

Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and the thousands of customers we serve daily, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. When the store reopens Monday, we will continue conducting associate health assessments.

In addition to offering COVID-19 vaccines to customers through walk-in or online appointments, we’re also offering easy access to vaccines for associates. Associates can receive their vaccinations at their home store pharmacy, on or off the clock.

Should associates choose to schedule their vaccinations elsewhere, we will provide two hours of paid leave. Associates who receive the vaccine are given a $75 bonus for doing so.

These protocols and convenient access to vaccinations are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the pandemic to help protect our associates and customers. We will continue working closely with elected and local health officials, adjusting how we serve the community while also keeping the health and safety of our customers and associates in mind.

The Walmart Supercenter in Central, La is located at 10200 Sullivan Rd.

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