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An Update from our CEO on Coronavirus Precautions

May 11, 2020

To the Uwajimaya community, 

I would first like to thank you for your continued support and patronage during this challenging time for everyone.  The health and safety of our employees, customers and community remains our top priority.  We appreciate your patience, understanding and adherence to the measures we have put into place to ensure everyone’s safety and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  I feel very fortunate to share that to date we have not had any known cases of Covid-19 within our stores.  And this, I strongly believe, is largely due to the commitment to safety by everyone in our stores and the support of the precautions we have put into place.  For more information on the changes we have put into place at our stores and how you can help prevent the spread of coronavirus while shopping, please visit: https://www.uwajimaya.com/blog/detail/coronavirus-updates-and-response

With this, I would like to announce that effective Monday, May 11th, we are requiring every person over the age of 3 to wear a face covering in our stores.  This follows the CDC guidance and King County directive to wear a face covering in public settings such as grocery stores to help prevent the spread of the virus.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but feel strongly that the greater benefit to our employees and community is paramount.  Thank you in advance for complying with this request in addition to continuing to follow social distance practices and limiting your shopping party to no more than 2 people. 

Second, I would like to express my extreme gratitude to all the frontline workers out there – those individuals who are keeping our city safe, running and taken care of.  Thank you very much to the healthcare professionals, public safety workers, food manufacture and restaurant workers, truck drivers and delivery workers, maintenance and sanitation workers, and a special thanks to the Uwajimaya employees and other grocery workers out there who make it possible for us to continue to have food on our tables each day.  Please join me in expressing our thanks and appreciation to all frontline workers. 

And lastly, I would like to recognize the caring and amazing community that surrounds us.  It has been so heartening to see the acts of kindness, partnerships and generosity in our community during this unprecedented and difficult time.  Uwajimaya has received hand sewn facemasks to help keep our employees safe.  Bartell Drugs, a fellow locally-owned family business, reached out to include us in their Locals Supporting Locals campaign and coupon booklet.  Uwajimaya has opened our Seattle parking lot to the public to support neighboring businesses.  Together with DA LI Development USA, Uwajimaya also donated over 15,000 face masks to health care providers, essential workers, and elderly residents in the Chinatown-International District.   And there have been so many other kind and supportive acts by individuals and organizations in our community that I know we will all get through this together and come out of it stronger than ever.  

We appreciate your continued trust and business.  Please stay safe. 

Denise Moriguchi
President and CEO
Uwajimaya Inc.

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