ORLANDO, Fla. — All Publix workers will be required to wear face masks inside Publix stores starting Monday, the grocery chain announced Friday.
Publix officials said the change applies to all Publix associates, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.
The change comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended earlier this week that people in areas of substantial or high-transmission risk wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public or indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.
“We encourage all to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” the chain said in a statement.
The company said it will encourage, but not require, customers to wear face masks inside stores.
A Publix official said the company continues to encourage, but not require, its associates to get vaccinated.