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Idris Elba's Coronavirus Diagnosis Causes Music Store That He Visited to Temporarily Close as Preventive Measure

Olowokandi Fiyin
Mar 18, 2020
12:36 P.M.
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Record store owner closes shop after Idris Elba not only visited his store but also confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus.


Before Idris Elba revealed that he had contracted the coronavirus, the actor had made a stop at a record store, Candyman Strings & Things, during his trip to New Mexico.

Actor Idris Elba attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek Beyond" at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images


Now that the public knows about his health status, Santa Fe New Mexican’s website revealed that the store owner had closed up shop as a preemptive measure. According to the site, the store’s owner, Rand Cook, stated that:

“We just felt for the safety and health of our employees, teachers, customers and the community at large, the most prudent decision would be to immediately close the business.”

Idris Elba attends the "Yardie" After Party at Sundance Film Festival 2018 at The Grey Goose Blue Door on January 20, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


Rand pointed out that even though his employees had shown no symptoms for the virus, he had asked them to go into self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

Idris Elba [went] live on Twitter to not only thank his fans for their love but also to share that his wife had “finally today managed to get a test.”

Idris Elba attends Cartier celebration of the launch of Santos de Cartier Watch at Pier 48 on April 5, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


People also noted that the store owner mentioned how vital his staff’s health was to him; hence his decision to temporarily shut down the business. It would be recalled that Idris had also shown no symptoms before he went to take the test that proved that he had contracted the virus.

The “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” actor had gone for an examination after he realized he had been in contact with somebody who also had the coronavirus.

Idris Elba (L) and Sabrina Dhowre attend Idris Elba's Christmas Party at Kadie's Cocktail Bar & Club on December 9, 2017 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images


To share the news, Idris had shared a video that featured his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, where he addressed the speculations that black people couldn’t contract the virus. He later added that people needed to take washing their hands and social distancing more seriously.

On March 17, People reported that the father-of-two had gone live on Twitter to not only thank his fans for their love but also to share that his wife had “finally today managed to get a test.”


The pair, who have been in quarantine together, are anxiously waiting for the test results. Until the results get to them, the actor has chosen to fill his time by “doing a lot of reading” as he maintains that he is yet to show any of the symptoms usually associated with the virus.