Publix will soon require all customers to wear masks


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Posted July 16, 2020 | By Bill Thompson, Deputy Editor

Publix Super Markets announced Thursday that its customers must wear face coverings while shopping in its stores. The rule takes effect July 21.

“With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help protect our communities,” Maria Brous, the company’s communications director, said in a statement.

The Lakeland-based grocer said signs announcing the new policy will be posted at store entrances, and customers will hear in-store announcements reminding them to don a mask.

This mandate does not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings. The company encourages those in the latter group to use Publix’s delivery or curbside pickup service.