The New York Stock Exchange said Wednesday it will temporarily close its trading floor and move to electronic trading after two people tested positive for coronavirus, CNBC reported.
The two people tested positive at medical screenings that the NYSE had set up this week, according to CNBC. The entrants were stopped at the medical screenings at the exchange.
“We implemented a number a number of safety precautions over the past couple of weeks, and starting on Monday this week we started pre-emptive testing of employees and screening of anyone who came into the building,” Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange, told CNBC.
“If that screening warranted additional testing, we tested people and they were sent home and not given access to the building,” she said. “A couple of those test cases have come back positive.”
This marks the first time the NYSE trading floor has shuttered independently as electronic trading continued. All electronic trading will begin on Monday, March 23, the NYSE said.
“While we are taking the precautionary step of closing the trading floors, we continue to firmly believe the markets should remain open and accessible to investors,” Cunningham said in a statement.
All NYSE markets will continue to operate under normal trading hours despite the closure of the trading floors, she added.
The facilities to be closed include the NYSE equities trading floor in New York, NYSE American Options trading floor in New York and NYSE Arca Options trading floor in San Francisco.
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