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Plastic barriers come down at your local Publix

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This is a Publix (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Citing a reduction in COVID-19 cases the transparent sheets of plastic between employees and customers in the checkout lines at Publix Supermarkets have been removed.

The barriers went up at store cash registers, customer service desks, and pharmacies in March of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold.

Publix employees are also no longer required to wear masks but may do so if they desire.

The Centers for Disease Control currently classify the level of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County as low but still asks that citizens stay up to date with their vaccinations and to get tested if they start feeling symptoms.

Lakeland based Publix operates 1,294 stores across the southeast with nearly 80 locations in Palm Beach County.