Watch: Checkers staff mourn colleague who allegedly died of COVID-19
A video of staff at Bayside Checkers mourning the loss of a colleague who died from COVID-19 is a reality check if ever there was one.
In a video posted to Twitter on Monday 27 April, a group of what appears to be Bayside Checkers staff can be seen holding candles and mourning the loss of one of its staff members who lost their life to COVID-19.
The Shoprite Group confirmed the incident on Monday 27 April saying:
“Losing one of our own always touches us and it is with great sadness that we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and co-workers of any employee who passed away.”
Watch: Bayside Checkers staff mourn the loss of their colleague
Here’s what can be seen in the video
In the video, a group of Checkers staff members with protective gear can be seen gathering around while a woman is on the floor bellowing out and crying at the loss of a fellow colleague.
Each staff member gathered can be seen holding lit candles.
This comes after the Bayside Checkers had to be closed due to a staff member testing positive earlier this month.
Checkers closed after staff member tests positive
On 14 April, the Bayside Mall released a statement on Facebook.
“It has come to our attention that a Checkers staff member tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and the store has been temporarily closed,” it said.
“We have been informed that a mobile testing clinic has been dispatched to the store and all the Checkers employees are being tested. The Checkers group will also dispatch a professional decontamination company to sanitise and deep clean the store,” it added.
Checkers said it could not confirm how long the store would be closed but said it would only reopen once the Department of Health gave authority.
“The health and safety of everyone visiting and working at the centre remains our primary focus as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. We have remained diligent in our cleaning processes and through our service providers we have placed additional focus on key public areas such as hard surfaces, equipment and bathrooms throughout the centre,” it said.
Then, on 23 April, it released another statement, saying that Checkers would be closed until further notice for store decontamination.
“Following positive testing for Covid-19 at one of our stores, the store is closed immediately and the NICD and the Department of Health are informed. A professional decontamination company is brought in to sanitize and deep clean the store and the store will be reopened in consultation with the Provincial Department of Health,” said Shoprite.
“An employee screening programme supported by the company’s mobile clinic is immediately put into place and employees who had close contact with those affected are self-quarantining for 14 days,” it added.
Editor’s note: The South African reached out to Bayside Mall for comment. Centre Management was unavailable for comment “because of the public holiday”.