Masks will be required at all Publix locations beginning next week

Exterior of Publix at the Channel Club in Tampa
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Publix has just announced that masks will be required at all of its locations beginning July 21.

“Beginning July 21, customers are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store,” the grocery chain wrote in an announcement on its website. “This new mandate is encouraged by the CDC for most individuals. Thank you for doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Publix has put into place new measures to help its customers maintain social distancing with other customers and associates.

Aisles at the grocery store are now one-way to reduce the chances of passing germs on to another shopper. They’ve also marked off 6-foot increments at checkout.

Publix managers have discretion to limit the number of shoppers in the store at one time, too.

“There is one more thing you can do to help: Please shop alone, if you can. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding to help us all achieve the important goal of social distancing.”

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Publix joins other major stores like Wal-Mart and Fresh Market in mandating masks.

The grocery giant operates dozens of markets in the Tampa Bay region. You can find your nearest location on the Publix website.

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