SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Sam’s Club location at 3660 E Sunshine Street will close until December 1 so a third-party cleaning crew can sanitize the building.

According to a Sam’s Club spokesperson, the store will close at 4 p.m. Monday and is part of a company-initiated cleaning program.

Below is an official statement from Sam’s Club:

As an essential business and a member of the Springfield community, we understand the role we play in providing our members with food, medicine and other essential items, especially at this time.

As you know, several areas across the country have seen a renewed increase in positive COVID-19 cases, and we want to assist health officials working against the pandemic. In support of this effort, we have chosen to temporarily close our Springfield, MO club location at 3660 E Sunshine St. today at 4 p.m. as part of a company-initiated program. This will allow extra time for a third-party specialist to further sanitize the club and will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the club to once again serve the community. We plan to reopen the club to members on Wednesday, December 1.

Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and the thousands of members we serve daily, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts. Given the rise in positive cases through the Delta variant, we will follow CDC guidance, which includes fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission.

In these counties and where there are state or local mask mandates, associates will be required to wear masks inside our facilities, including stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. You can find the county-by-county breakdown here. The CDC updates its data on transmission rates weekly, so the guidance on mask usage is likely to change over time in different locations.

In addition to offering COVID-19 vaccines to members and non-members through walk-in or online appointments, we’re also offering easy access to vaccines for associates. Associates can receive their vaccinations at their home club pharmacy, on or off the clock. They’ll receive two hours of paid leave to receive their vaccination and up to three days paid leave, should they experience an adverse reaction.

These protocols and convenient access to vaccinations are in addition to the extensive measures we’ve put in place during the pandemic to help protect our associates and members. We will continue working closely with elected and local health officials, adjusting how we serve the community while also keeping the health and safety of our members and associates in mind.

Thank you.

JD Byrum, Corporate Communications for Sam’s Club