MyTOWN just announced the temporary closure of ZARA after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19!
Find out what happened, and if you need to be concerned!
ZARA @ MyTOWN : Closed After COVID-19 Exposure!
On 17 December 2020, MyTOWN Shopping Centre announced that ZARA informed them that one of their staff members there tested positive for COVID-19 on 16 December 2020.
The affected employee has receiving treatment, and the other employees working in the same shift were placed under self-quarantine and were tested for COVID-19 as well.
They also immediately closed ZARA on 17 December 2020, for sanitisation and deep cleaning. ZARA @ MyTOWN will only reopen on Saturday, 19 December 2020.
Here was the official MyTOWN statement on ZARA’s COVID-19 exposure :
We have recently been notified by one of our tenants, ZARA that one of their staff tested positive with COVID-19 on 16 Dec 2020. The employee is currently receiving the necessary treatment and the other staff who are working together in the same shift as the staff in question are now under self-quarantine and have undergone a swab test.
As a proactive precautionary measure, ZARA will be closed today, 17 Dec 2020 and have contracted a professional service provider for thorough sanitisation and deep cleaning in accordance to MOH’s standards. The outlet will be reopening on Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 with a new team that had no contact with the previous affected shift. Public health officials will be contacting individuals that are considered to be close contacts to the affected staff.
We are working closely with the authorities, tenants and service providers to ensure that MyTOWN Shopping Centre is a safe place for all and will continue to do our part to serve our community. We seek your cooperation to verify any news updates with us via our official Facebook page.
MyTOWN ZARA COVID-19 Exposure : Should You Be Concerned?
Due to the mandatory requirement to wear face masks in public, the risk of the affected employee infecting customers is low.
The greatest risk is to fellow employees working on the same shift – they may share a meal or chat without masks on during their breaks.
Needless to say, ZARA and MyTOWN will be conducting contact tracing with the Ministry of Health. And those identified as close contacts must self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.
Again, this serves as a reminder of the importance of contact tracing, and the MySejahtera mobile app which logs the movements of its users.
While public premises offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use the MySejahtera mobile app, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.
Using the MySejahtera mobile app also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily destroyed by soap, so the deep cleaning of the ZARA outlet will definitely clean it of any infectious particles, albeit temporarily.
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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