The city of New Haven has issued a warning to Walmart in New Haven after several COVID-19 violations. The city’s department of health has given the company 72 hours to present a plan to address the issues and warned that Walmart will be shut down and face legal action if it is found to be in violation again.
The New Haven Health Department issued a final warning letter to Walmart at 315 Foxon Boulevard on Thursday.
According to the letter the City of New Haven Department of Health sent to the president and CEO, there were several complaints about violations of COVID-19 guidelines, including employees not wearing face masks or not wearing face masks properly, customers not wearing face masks and the store being overcapacity. Inspectors followed up with staff, visited the store, and gave stern warnings, according to the letter.
City officials said Walmart was issued a final warning letter rather than being ordered to close because it is defined as an essential business and many residents rely on it for groceries and other household supplies.Walmart was given 72 hours to come up with a corrective action plan relating to violations and let the city know how protocols will be implemented and followed, disinfecting protocols, training plans and protocol for capacity adherence, employee illness and COVID-19 reporting protocols, training protocol for employee personal protection and adherence to mask use, contact tracing protocol a list of point of contacts for the establishment.
“We are confident that the store managers at Wal-Mart will implement the needed measures to address the violations. The Health Department stands ready to work with this establishment. But if they will not take action and make the needed changes to keep our residents and their own staff and customers safe, then we will,” Health Director Maritza Bond said in a statement.
Source: NBC Cunnecticut