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Publix Announces Policy Requiring Face Coverings Inside All Stores

Florida’s largest supermarket chain has a new policy as of next week, in the effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Beginning July 21, Publix will require all customers to wear a mask or some type of face covering while inside any of its stores.

The Lakeland-based company posted the information on its website Thursday.

Publix cited CDC guidelines for the change, and emphasized that face coverings must be worn over both the nose and mouth.

The grocer has implemented other measures to help shoppers abide by social distancing, such as one-way aisles and marking off six-foot increments at the checkout aisles.

Other businesses that already require face coverings include Target, Walmart and CVS.

The CDC states on its website that “a cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.”