A Countdown supermarket in Christchurch has closed after it was visited by the traveller who later tested positive for COVID-19 in South Korea.
The Spitfire Square supermarket near Christchurch Airport closed on Tuesday so a "deeper clean" could be undertaken.
The supermarket was closed after it was contacted by the Canterbury District Health Board in relation to movements of a person it was contact tracing.
"Our store is thoroughly cleaned each day, but as is our process, we have closed it as a precaution to undertake a deeper clean today," a spokesperson says.
Local Andrew contacted Magic Talk and said he went to pick up his order from the supermarket when he was turned away by security staff.
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"The security guard out the front said they're closed for a spring clean… I said that's a rather interesting time to have a spring clean."
He was outside the supermarket while speaking to Magic Talk and said he couldn't see anyone inside, despite all the lights being turned on.
"It does [make me worried]. I can see a lot of people walking up to the door and getting forced back, and a lot of worried looks on everyone's faces."
It isn't the first time a supermarket has closed over COVID-19 fears.
Earlier in July, a man who was in an Auckland managed isolation facility escaped and visited a nearby Countdown supermarket. He tested positive for the virus the morning after his escapade