Unity Pharmacy at Nex Mall to close for 2 days after employee contracts COVID-19

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SINGAPORE — A Unity Pharmacy outlet at Nex Mall will be temporarily closed for two days, after a part-time employee tested positive for the virus on Wednesday evening (1 April).

The store will re-open on Friday, while all Unity staff members who work there have been put on a 14-day leave of absence, said a spokesperson.

During its two-day closure, the standalone outlet – located on the third floor of the mall in Serangoon Central – will be subjected to deep cleaning procedures, in line with the National Environment Agency’s guidelines to disinfect the premises.

The part-time retail assistant who tested positive for the virus was last at work on Monday and visited the doctor the next day for a fever. The employee has since been on medical leave and is now hospitalised, the spokesperson said.

“Unity is extending all the necessary assistance to the affected staff and the employee’s family during this time,” the spokesperson added.

“Unity is monitoring the situation closely and is working with authorities to assist them with contact tracing and ensure all stores are safe for customers and staff.”

The spokesperson said that it has put in place stringent precautionary measures to maintain a safe and clean environment for its shoppers and staff in accordance with the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s guidelines since the outbreak.

These include stepping up cleaning regimes, especially for high touch surfaces like shelves and checkout counters every four hours, as well as twice-a-day temperature taking for all staff and suppliers.

“Customers are also encouraged to maintain safe distancing. Floor markings at checkout queues, in-store posters and announcements have been put in place to remind customers to do so,” said the spokesperson.

The pharmacy’s temporary closure comes on the same day that NTUC FairPrice announced that a FairPrice Finest outlet at Bedok Mall would be temporarily closed for three days, after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Established in 1992, Unity Pharmacy has over 60 outlets across Singapore and is part of NTUC FairPrice.

To date, Singapore has 1,000 cases of the virus, of which 245 have fully recovered and been discharged. 24 are in the intensive care unit, while three have died.

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