HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - ShopRite Supermarkets on Monday confirmed that an employee at the East Windsor store has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, joining four others previously diagnosed at other stores in Essex, Union, Morris and Middlesex counties.
The other locations where employees tested positive are in Newark, Morristown, Garwood and Old Bridge.
The ShopRite of Hillsborough located at the intersection of Route 206 and Amwell Road is included on a list of ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey that have begun to limit the number of customers permitted in the store at one time to minimize person-to-person contact and encourage social distancing.
The deli, meat and seafood departments remain open, but the stores have suspended counter service.
The notice on the Hillsborough ShopRite Facebook page reads:
"Starting today in an effort to adhere to proper social distancing practices and for the safety of our guests and associates, the ShopRite of Hillsborough will begin limiting the number of customers allowed in the store. The maximum number of customers will be roughly 30% of the store’s regular maximum occupancy.
"Please be patient and kind to one another as you may be asked to queue in a single line outside the store. We appreciate your understanding in helping us keep everyone in the community safe!
"What’s going to change?
- We will close all entrances except one. A security guard will be assigned to each entrance and exit to track the number of customers entering and leaving the store.
- When the store opens, the guard will allow customers into the building, counting them along the way.
- Once the store is at capacity, we will ask customers to begin to queue in the designated line."
Listed alphabetically, the ShopRite stores limiting the number of shoppers in their stores at one include: Absecon, Bernardsville, Chatham, Chester, East Orange, Egg Harbor Township, Elizabeth, Garwood, Galloway, Hammonton, Vineland, Livingston, Marmora, Millburn, Greater Morristown. Old Bridge, Rio Grande, Somerset, Somers Point, Stirling, Union, Washington, Watchung, West Orange.