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Publix employees required to wear face mask again

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With the rising COVID-19 cases in South Florida, Publix grocery store chain will once again require all employees, vaccinated or not to wear face masks starting Monday.

In a statement released on Friday, a company spokeswoman said masks are still optional for shoppers, but “we encourage all to do their part to slow the spread of COVID–19.”

In addition, all Publix employees are encouraged, but not required, to get the coronavirus vaccine.

The decision from Publix comes two days after the CDC recommended that everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in parts of the country with “substantial and high transmission” like South Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Health, every county in Florida, with the exception of Glades County, now has a “high” level of community transmission.

This requirement will hopefully keep more people safe while shopping and frequenting Publix stores.