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Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:25 AM

Publix no longer requires people to wear masks in their stores

Sooo... Publix no longer requires people to wear masks in their stores, at least in my part of FL

Signs on the doors say masks required but yesterday as my wife was checking out w/groceries at self-checkout, three men were in the same area WITHOUT masks

WTG, Publix


Employees have been told they cannot confront customers with masks, unless another customer says something and then they can get a manager

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Reply Publix no longer requires people to wear masks in their stores (Original post)
Roland99 Mar 2021 OP
relayerbob Mar 2021 #1
Phoenix61 Mar 2021 #2
Buckeye_Democrat Mar 2021 #3
StClone Mar 2021 #4
luvs2sing Mar 2021 #8
StClone Mar 2021 #19
lagomorph777 Mar 2021 #9
demmiblue Mar 2021 #13
at140 Mar 2021 #5
rictofen Mar 2021 #17
LonePirate Mar 2021 #6
samplegirl Mar 2021 #7
Ms. Toad Mar 2021 #10
obamanut2012 Mar 2021 #11
In It to Win It Mar 2021 #14
spinbaby Mar 2021 #15
sarcasmo Mar 2021 #12
at140 Mar 2021 #18
Roland99 Mar 2021 #21
soryang Mar 2021 #16
KG Mar 2021 #20
Meowmee Mar 2021 #22

Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:26 AM

1. Not a new policy

Been that way for months, since probably last summer

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:27 AM

2. That's been their policy here all along. nt

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:29 AM

3. None around here, so I looked up their locations.

Why am I not surprised?

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:40 AM

4. Kroger has pretty had the same history

Only TWO stores I found demand masks:

Menard's: Right Wing owner drove patrons to confront employees with policy. Guess what? The customers were removed physically if needed!

Trader Joe's: Good for them!

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Response to StClone (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:10 PM

8. The Kroger stores in Columbus say they demand masks..

They even announce it every five minutes. And probably 99% of customers are properly masked. The employees, however, make no effort to mask, and management doesn’t care or try to enforce it.

I don’t shop Menards, but I heard only positive things about the one in my area.

Trader Joe’s was great for a few months, then slacked off. I was there one day when a man who was obviously very ill was shopping with his mask down, coughing and sneezing everywhere. Manager said he would take care of it, but he never did, and we gave up on shopping there.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 01:32 PM

19. Krogers here will not confront the maskless

Most Kroger shoppers I see are wearing masks. However, you can waltz in maskless, and be the fly in the punch bowl, with no blowback here since last summer. Apparently the company projected the position of "requiring masks" but enforcement leeway is given each store's Director to feel out the local situation (or Director's commitment).

As for Wisconsin-based Menards, they could give stuff away free and I'd still avoid them. Right wing owners, like them and Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip (differs from Oklahoma-based Quick Trip), also won't get my business.

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Response to StClone (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:11 PM

9. In Northern Virginia, I haven't seen any stores allowing maskholes in.

I'm so glad I live here.

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Response to StClone (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:27 PM

13. The Kroger stores in my area require masks. n/t

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:45 AM

5. Ditto in the Publix store here in St Aug, FL

We were waiting to get our 2nd shot of vaccine, and observed many customers walking around without masks. Employees were all wearing masks.

But Publix has the best fried chicken (head and shoulders above KFC) and the best desserts.
Bought some oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries, so yummy!

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Response to at140 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 01:01 PM

17. Yup, and their mojo rotisserie chicken is amazing

I do credit Publix for making it so easy to setup shots for my parents. Their vaccine booking events have been very user-friendly: you find out pretty quickly whether you get an appointment or not and then you can go about your day.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 11:57 AM

6. We are never going to overcome this virus due to policies like that.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:08 PM

7. Dumbasses

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:19 PM

10. I would be thrilled with that policy in many stores.

Masks are still mandated in Ohio, and places of business are under state orders to enforce it. Yet store employees and managers refuse to enforce it - even when pointed out by a customer. They tell me there is nothing they can do.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:20 PM

11. It's always been that way in Publix

And Whole Foods, and Target. Only Trader Joe's will confront, but they are not legally allowed to enforce. They have called Police.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:28 PM

14. Not in my neck of the woods. The Publix stores around me required masks.

I'm in South Florida. There are 4 Publix stores within a 10 minute drive from my house. They weren't letting anyone in the stores without masks. They would stop people at the door.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #11)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:32 PM

15. My Whole Foods feels safe

Whole Foods is covered with signage about proper masking and I’ve never seen anyone without. Here in western Pennsylvania, mask compliance is more by geography than by store chain—the farther you get from Pittsburgh, the worse the mask compliance.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:24 PM

12. Publix is over priced.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 01:29 PM

18. Yes it is, but their desserts are best in town

and their fried chicken is the best I have eaten anywhere.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 01:43 PM

21. Which is why we focus on the Buy 1 Get 1 deals or other sale items

and they carry a few items we don't find at the big Target nearby

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 12:48 PM

16. there is a local ordnance here to wear masks but the police ignore it

While in publix here getting the vaccine, there are signs that masks must be worn. Yet about 10 percent of the customers going in to shop don't wear masks and pass by the small congested space where people must wait before and after their pharmacy appointment. Police cars in the area, which is only a few hundred meters from the city police station park in the back of the mall where there is no traffic, drink coffee, and chat, basically doing nothing on the public dime. Meanwhile there is a blue stripe right wing flag hanging on the wall in front of the police HQ.

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Response to Roland99 (Original post)

Thu Mar 18, 2021, 01:58 PM

22. Don't shop there

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