Because three employees of Pärnu Maxima XXX tested positive for the coronavirus, the supermarkert chain, after consulting with the mayor and Rescue Board and Health Board executives, decided to keep the shop closed until 1 p.m. on Monday.
"We agreed that the safest course of action for clients and employees is to close the supermarket for 48 hours, which is why we will be opening Pärnu Maxima XXX again on Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m.," CEO of Maxima Eesti OÜ Edvinas Volkas said in a press release.
Of the 143 employees tested, 140 were not found to have the virus and will continue working at the supermarket. Constant monitoring of staff will continue.
"We are convinced these measures will boost safety in the supermarket further, while we have a favor to ask our clients - we ask people ehibiting symptoms of illness not to come shopping because only by working together can we manage the risk of infection for both clients and staff in grocery stores and survive this trying period," Volkas said.
Maxima had initially sought to open the supermarket on Sunday.
Editor: Marcus Turovski