The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) has confirmed that two employees at stores in the Northern Virginia and Richmond areas have family members who tested positive for COVID-19. As a precautionary measure both stores are now closed.
The spouse of a store manager at the Graham Park Plaza ABC store located at 7263 Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church received a positive diagnosis from the health department on April 8. The employee notified ABC management that day of the positive diagnosis and is in self-quarantine as advised by health authorities.
The live-in family member of a sales associate at a store in Bon Air Shopping Center, 2610 Buford Road in Richmond received a positive diagnosis from the health department the week of April 5. The employee last worked Sunday, April 5 and is in self-quarantine as advised by health authorities.
For the safety of employees and customers, both stores will undergo thorough deep cleaning and sanitization per Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. The stores will be closed until ABC has determined the risk has been mitigated.
Virginia ABC will continue to work with the other employees at these stores and will follow guidance from VDH on what precautions they should take.
“While no employees at either store have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time, we are closing the stores out of an abundance of caution,” said Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “We will continue to check in with those employees, and follow VDH and CDC guidance on when to reopen these stores.”
Customers will not be able to place online orders for pickup at these stores during the closure, however nearby ABC stores located at 7200 Little River Turnpike in Annandale and at 7036 Forest Hill Ave. in Richmond will be open for business from noon to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, ABC has closed six stores due to the virus. Two of those stores located in Virginia Beach and Richmond have both now been reopened after following VDH and CDC guidance for store sanitization and employee quarantine.
For more information about Virginia ABC’s response to COVID-19, visit https://www.abc.virginia.gov/covid-19.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 388 state stores, and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 86th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its vision of bringing good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.Web: www.abc.virginia.gov Facebook: @VirginiaABC Twitter: @VirginiaABC