Publix joins an increasing list of retailers requiring face masks in stores

On Thursday, Publix announced that beginning July 21, customers are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store.

According to a press release, this new mandate is encouraged by the CDC for most individuals.

“Publix has put into place new measures to help our customers maintain social distancing with other customers and our associates,” the company wrote on their website. “Our aisles are now one-way to reduce your chances of passing another shopper. We’ve marked off 6-foot increments at checkout. And finally, our managers have discretion to limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time.”

The grocery store is also encouraging people to shop alone, if they can.

The requirement will not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face masks, according to WEAR Channel 3.

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