Author: Rachel Sadler

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.

The Spitfire Square Countdown near Christchurch Airport was closed on Tuesday.

"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.

"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

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