Walmart closing Corbin store for COVID protocol; workers can get $150 bonus

CORBIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Walmart will temporarily close its Corbin, Ky., store at 60 South Stewart Road at 2 p.m. Wednesday as part of a company-initiated program to allow third party cleaning crews time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building.

The location will remain closed through Sept. 16, providing associates time to restock shelves and prep the store to reopen on Sept. 17 at 6 a.m., according to the company.

“As an essential business and a member of the Corbin, KY community, we understand the role we play in providing our customers with food, medicine and other essential items, especially at this time,” the company said in an official statement. 

“As you know, several areas across the country have begun seeing a renewed increase in positive COVID-19 cases, and we want to assist health officials working against the pandemic. 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. Given the rise in positive cases through the Delta variant, we will follow CDC guidance, which includes fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission.

“In these counties and where there are state or local mask mandates, associates will be required to wear masks inside our facilities, including stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. You can find the county-by-county breakdown here. The CDC updates its data on transmission rates weekly, so the guidance on mask usage is likely to change over time in different locations. When the store reopens (Friday), we will continue conducting associate health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings.

“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,” the company continued. Should associates choose to schedule their vaccinations elsewhere, we will provide two hours of paid leave. Associates who receive the vaccine are given a $150 bonus for doing so and up to three days paid leave, should they experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine,” the statement continued.

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