Publix says fully vaccinated workers don’t have to wear masks

The change went into effect on Feb. 14

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Publix employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear a mask on the job.

The grocery store chain made the announcement on its coronavirus FAQ page.

“As a result of the decrease in COVID-19 cases and wide availability of the vaccine, fully vaccinated associates have the option not to wear face coverings beginning Feb. 14, 2022, unless required for their job duties or by a state or local order or ordinance,” the website said. “Pharmacy associates, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear face coverings when administering vaccines.”

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Publix does not require customers to wear face coverings but does encourage all to “do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Publix isn’t the only one loosening protocols. Fully vaccinated Walmart and Sam’s Club employees were also told they will not have to wear a mask.

Disney World also announced that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations.

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