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ARNOLD, Mo. – The Walmart location on Michigan Ave is closing today to allow cleaning crews to sanitize the building. The temporary closure is part of a corporate program to clean the stores.

“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. In support of this effort, we have chosen to temporarily close our Arnold store location at 2201 Michigan Ave today at 2 p.m. as part of an ongoing company-initiated program. This will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the store and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community. We plan to reopen the store to customers at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11,” a portion of Walmart’s official statement on the closing.

The store will be closed through Monday to allow time for employees to restock the shelves. Walmart will open the Arnold location for business on Tuesday at 6:00 am. The company will continue conducting employee health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings.

“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. We will follow CDC guidance, which includes fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission,” a portion of Walmart’s official statement on the closing.

Walmart also offers COVID-19 vaccines to customers and employees. They can get them on or off the clock ad receive two hours of paid leave. Employees get up to three days of paid leave if they have an adverse reaction to the shot.

This is the second Walmart in the area to close for pandemic cleaning. The Bridgeton Walmart closed for cleaning on Friday, January 7, and reopened Sunday morning.