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This Major Grocery Store Just Changed Its Mask Rule Again

It recently said customers were encouraged to wear a mask while shopping, now it is required.

Although Albertsons originally said all locations will encourage but not require customers to wear a mask while shopping after the Texas statewide mask mandate expires on March 10, the company has reversed its decision, according to a recent announcement.

In order to protect its employees who "have not had full access to the vaccine" and since "the health and safety of everyone" is a priority, Albertsons will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and require vendors, customers, and workers inside to wear a mask. (Related: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According to Experts.)

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, all of our stores, including our Texas banners Albertsons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets and Market Street have consistently followed the CDC's guidance on masks for our associates, vendors and customers," the company says in the announcement. "While we know that mask requirements have been controversial and polarizing across some of our operating areas, we also know that masks in combination with social distancing and proper cleaning and sanitization can work to prevent the spread of the virus." You can read the full statement here.

After this reversal, the only grocery stores in Texas that won't require masks inside are H-E-B and its fellow grocery store chain, Central Market. Both are requesting and asking customers to please cover their mouth and nose while shopping, but won't confront customers who choose not to.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda