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Face coverings are now optional at Publix stores

Publix grocery store pharmacies in North Carolina will offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Publix grocery store pharmacies in North Carolina will offer COVID-19 vaccine appointments.(Chris Seward | Charlotte Observer | Chris Seward | Charlotte Observer)
Updated: May. 15, 2021 at 9:21 AM EDT
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LAKELAND, Fla. (WWSB) - Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated associates or customers to wear face coverings.

In a news release, the grocery chain announced it made the change as a result of the new guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The changes will take effect Saturday, May 15.

However, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store.

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