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Publix face mask requirement still in place under Phase 3

Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 13:22:56-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix says their face mask requirement remains in place as the state moves into Phase 3 of reopening.

Gov. DeSantis announced Phase 3 during a press conference in St. Petersburg on September 25. Under the new phase, restaurants and select businesses can operate at full capacity.

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The order also suspended fines and penalties associated with COVID-19-related enforcement. But the order does not override local mask ordinances.

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A spokesperson for the grocery chain said, "we have made no changes to our current policies in light of the Phase 3 announcement." The stores started requiring face coverings in July.

In August, Publix eliminated one-way aisles in locations where there wasn't a local ordinance requiring it.