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Publix will no longer require masks for vaccinated employees and customers

Those who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to wear a mask, the company announced in a statement.
A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Publix shopper Bill Dunn, 65, of Holiday, was banned from store after asking management why they were not enforcing mask use.
A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Publix shopper Bill Dunn, 65, of Holiday, was banned from store after asking management why they were not enforcing mask use. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published May 14
Updated May 15

Publix Supermarkets will no longer require customers and employees who are fully vaccinated to wear masks in its stores.

The Lakeland-based chain announced the change to its mask policy Friday evening. The company is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which says fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks both outdoor and indoors, with some exceptions.

The grocer emphasized that the new mask policy applies only to those who are fully vaccinated. It did not specify how it will determine whether customers are vaccinated or not.

“In accordance with CDC guidelines, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store,” the company said in a news release.

Publix is not the first chain to alter its mask policy this week. Fellow retailers Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe’s have each made similar policy changes.