Rolla Walmart to temporarily close

Lori Amos
The Rolla Daily News

Walmart announced it has temporarily closed its Rolla store location as part of its company-initiated program to allow third-party cleaning crews time to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building amid a rise in positive COVID-19 cases. 

Walmart’s Corporate Affairs Communications Director Brian Little said the location at 500 S. Bishop Ave. will remain closed through Friday, providing associates time to restock shelves and prep the store to reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday. 

Little said in a statement released by the company Thursday, "As an essential business and a member of the Rolla 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.”

According to Little, in support of this effort, the company chose to temporarily close the Rolla store location to allow a third-party specialist to sanitize the store further and give Walmart associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to serve the community once again.

"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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health experts,” Little said. “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 Phelps and other counties considered high transmission areas for COVID-19, associates must wear masks inside facilities, including stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.

When the store reopens Saturday, Walmart 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, Walmart will also provide easy access to COVID-19 vaccines for associates. 

According to Little, associates can receive their vaccinations at their home store pharmacy, on or off the clock. 

In addition to offering COVID-19 vaccines to customers through walk-in or online appointments, Walmart is also offering easy access to vaccines for associates in Rolla.