BIG – Ben’s Independent Grocer – just announced the closure of their store at The Linc after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!
BIG @ The Linc : One Employee Positive For COVID-19
On 5 January 2021, BIG announced that an employee at their store at The Linc tested positive for COVID-19 on 27 December 2020.
They sanitised BIG @ The Linc on the same day – 27 December 2020 – and sent all employees identified as close contacts for a swab test and home quarantine.
However, they only announced this 9 days later, together with their announcement that BIG @ The Linc would be closed today – 5 January 2021 – for a second round of sanitisation.
This is the fourth BIG store to be affected by COVID-19 this year, after their stores at Publika, Plaza Batai, and IPC.
BIG @ The Linc COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement
Here is the official statement by BIG on the COVID-19 exposure at their store at The Linc.
BIG, The Linc, 5 Jan 2021
Please be aware following where we were informed one of our staff is confirmed Covid-19 positive on 27 Dec 2020, staff identified as close contact have undergone swab test and sent for home quarantine. MOH will conduct contact tracing.
BIG The Linc will be closed on 5 Jan 2021. We will continue to provide information update.
The store will once again undergo deep sanitation for the safety of our customer and staff.
Kindly refer to information release by MOH only for verification. For more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Center’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.
The health and safety of our customer and staff are our utmost priority and we urge everyone to take their own precautionary measures to protect from Covid-19.
The management, Ben’s Independent Grocer
BIG @ The Linc COVID-19 Exposure : What’s The Risk?
The declaration and store closure NINE DAYS after their employee tested positive is peculiar.
More so when they mentioned that MOH will conduct contact tracing. It’s either bad grammar, or suggests that there may have been more than just that one case.
Until they reveal more information, there’s no way to assess how much risk the affected employee(s) posed to BIG customers.
In any case, they are correct that we need to take our own precautionary measures to protect ourselves.
It is critical that we wear a face mask in public at all times, as it greatly reduces the risk of infection.
We should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.
COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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