MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Mask up when you’re headed out to the store “where shopping is a pleasure.”

Publix will begin enforcing its mask mandate at its more than 1,200 stores.

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Masks have been required for a while now in South Florida but the mandate now applies to all of the stores in the grocery chain.

Young children and people who can’t wear facial coverings are exempt.

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  • A Publix spokesperson said with the spike in cases this is the best way to protect customers and employees.

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    Publix will also continue sanitizing grocery carts, doors, and pin pads. It will also keep reduced hours to allow for extra cleaning.

    Meantime, the parent company of Winn-Dixie is reversing its policy on masks.

    Beginning next Monday, Southeastern Grocers said facial coverings will be required at all of its stores which include Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas.

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    Over the weekend, the company resisted instituting such a rule to keep its employees from having to endure “undue friction” with customers.