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Publix no longer requires masks for fully vaccinated shoppers

New policy also applies to employees, takes effect Saturday
shopper and employee of Publix walk outside store on night wearing masks, May 14, 2021
Posted at 7:34 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-14 20:45:02-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Publix is no longer requiring masks for shoppers who are fully vaccinated.

A spokeswoman for the Florida-based supermarket told WPTV that masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated customers or employees starting Saturday.

However, "individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store," spokeswoman Maria Brous said in a statement Friday.

She didn't say how Publix would verify whether or not shoppers are fully vaccinated.

The move comes on the same day that Trader Joe's announced it would no longer require masks.

Publix has required masks since last July.