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.READ MORE: Small But Ferocious Hurricane Sam Strengthens Some More
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.
A Publix spokesperson said with the spike in cases this is the best way to protect customers and employees.READ MORE: Lines Of Mourners Pay Their Respects Sunday For Gabby Petito
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.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop
Over the weekend, the company resisted instituting such a rule to keep its employees from having to endure “undue friction” with customers.