WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A Walmart location on 1000 Town Center Drive in York is temporarily closing its doors from 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 until 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 as part of an ongoing company-initiated cleaning program due to COVID-19.

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According to an email sent from Walmart Global Communications, the company is assisting health officials to help stop the spread of the virus. The temporary closure is so workers can have the store deep cleaned and sanitized. The closure will also give workers additional time to restock the shelves to help get ready for holiday shoppers over this upcoming weekend.

“You know what, they need to stock and clean that’s good,” Joyce Igenfritz said.

One question shoppers immediately had upon learning of the closure was what is going to happen to their prescriptions?

“I don’t know why they don’t close at night time and do the cleaning and stuff there’s stuff that people with prescriptions and stuff like that where people have to come in here to get today,” shopper Sandy Richcreek said.

Walmart does say that the pharmacy drive-thru stays open, and says other local Walmart stores are staying open as well, so customers can get what they need.

When the store reopens Saturday, the company plans on continuing with their employee health assessments, and all unvaccinated associates must still wear face coverings while working in the store.

The company will continue to work closely with elected and local health officials in deciding how it can serve the community as well as maintain the health and safety of both customers and employees.