Wegmans among retailers revising mask-wearing policies
A number of retailers, including Wegmans supermarkets, are once again requiring staff to wear masks and encouraging customers to follow suit as the Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to make more people sick.
Wegmans, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Kohls are among the stores changing their masking policies, especially in areas where COVID infection rates are increasing.
In a statement posted on their website, Rochester-based Wegmans said that after reviewing the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local health departments, it was decided of “strongly encourages all customers, regardless of their immunization status, to wear a face mask when shopping from us. ” Since the evening of August 3, all employees have been asked to wear a face mask at work.
Lowes and Home Depot both updated their policy on Monday, August 2 to require all associates to wear masks indoors. Customers were also encouraged to wear masks when shopping, and masks were provided in stores for customers who wanted one.
Home Depot in its statement added that it strongly encourages its employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and offers free resources to cover child care and transportation and to find a vaccination site for associates.