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Popular says no staff member has COVID-19


Popular says no staff member has COVID-19

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Management of Popular Discounts is refuting claims being made on social media that one of its staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The statement was issued last night in recognition of “the impact that malicious rumours can have in an environment characterised by immense fear and anxiety in relation to COVID-19”.

It was in response to “a malicious voice message in circulation via social media”. The message was sent via WhatsApp.

“However, to further assure our staff, customers and the general public, Popular hereby categorically refutes in its entirety the said rumour and emphasises that none of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19.”

The company said it instituted several measures to safeguard the health of staff and the public on the advice of the public health authorities and in accordance with the standards adopted by the majority of local supermarkets.

This includes sanitising trolleys after each use, sanitising the hands of customers on entry to the store, limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at any time, marking each cashier lane with trolley points six feet apart to ensure social distancing and installing glass screens between cashiers and customers at checkout, to further protect both staff and customers.

The company said a strict policy was in place for any staff member who comes into contact with a person who has COVID-19 or has such a person living in their household. That staff member must go into self-quarantine for 14 days before being cleared to resume work. (PR/SAT)

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