LAKELAND, Fla- — Publix announced Friday, May 14, that fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks in stores.
According to their website, Publix will not require fully vaccinated workers or customers to wear face coverings, unless required by a state or local order or ordinance, beginning May 15.
People who are not fully vaccinated are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store. How the grocery franchise plans to enforce the change or check for vaccination status remains unclear.
Publix joins several other stores and Florida parks in updating mask requirements, including:
- Sam's Club
- Trader Joe's
- Southeastern Grocers
- Busch Gardens