CASPER, Wyo. — The Walmart on CY Avenue reopened early Friday morning after closing on Wednesday afternoon for what corporate described as a deep cleaning project.
According to a statement from Walmart’s media relations department, a third-party crew was hired to clean the store and all surfaces. Local associates returned on Thursday to restock and organize the store.
“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,” they 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.”
“When the store reopens on Friday, we will continue conducting associate health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings,” they said in the release.
Online rumors circulating about Casper’s east-side store also closing were not true, according to an associate reached there on Wednesday.
Walmart has continued to close and clean stores around the country as needed since reopening after lockdowns last year, particularly in outbreak hotspots.
Wyoming continues to be one of the least vaccinated states, with about 43 percent now reported to be fully vaccinated, according to data from the New York Times.
The Wyoming Department of Health provides COVID-19 case, variant, death, testing, hospital and vaccine data online. The department also shares information about how the data can be interpreted. COVID-19 safety recommendations are available from the CDC.