LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is working to keep their workers safe and healthy at their stores across Florida and other states as coronavirus cases rapidly increase across the U.S.
In a written statement Monday, the Florida-based grocery store chain said the will allow workers, who are not normally required to wear gloves and masks, the option to wear this personal protective equipment for the duration of this national emergency.
"Although not required, Publix is able to provide gloves for associates while inventory is available. Inventory is already scarce, and we anticipate it to become even more limited in the very near future. Similarly, we will not supply masks to associates, as existing supplies need to be reserved for health care and medical professionals," said Publix.
The grocer said although they are providing employees the option of wearing masks and gloves for their personal comfort, their reiterated CDC guidelines that washing hands frequently and maintaining social distancing continues to be the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Last week, Publix said they are installing plexiglass shields at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies in all stores.
Also, earlier this month, Publix modified their shopping hours, opening an hour earlier on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for seniors only and closing at 8 p.m. each night.