(WTXL) — Starting July 21, Publix will require customers to wear face coverings while shopping in its stores.
The mask requirement will not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings.
"With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help protect our communities,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous.
Signs announcing the new requirement will be posted at store entrances, and in-store announcements will be made.
For those who can't wear masks, Publix is asking you to consider using Publix Delivery and/or Curbside Pickup.
Publix's announcement follows other major retailers like CVS, Walmart, Target and others.