Publix on Friday said that it will require all employees, regardless of coronavirus vaccination status, to wear masks at work, citing updated federal recommendations this week amid a surge in the highly transmissible delta variant.
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance recommends that individuals in areas of substantial or high transmission risk wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when in public, indoor spaces,” Maria Brous, the supermarket chain’s communications director, said in a statement shared with The Hill.
“Effective Aug. 2, Publix is requiring associates, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix location, and we encourage all to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” Brous added.
She said that the company continues “to encourage, but not require, our associates to get vaccinated.”
Publix is just the latest business to update its masking policy following the CDC’s reversal on masking after announcing in May that fully vaccinated individuals did not have to wear masks in most settings.
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