As major retailers issue mask mandates, Florida-based grocery chain Winn-Dixie won’t

We Don’t Want To Cause Undue Friction’

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen major strides made when it comes to getting Americans to wear masks in public, one of the best things we can all do to help slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But as some leaders and corporations push back or refuse to issue mask mandates, cases are continuing to surge out of control in the U.S., particularly in southern states that shut down late and reopened early. And now, even as grocery stores and big-box retailers across the country are announcing that masks are required in their stores, Florida-based grocery store chain Winn-Dixie just announced the opposite: That it won’t require shoppers to wear masks.

In a statement obtained by the Today show, a spokesperson for Winn-Dixie’s parent company, Southeastern Grocers, said, “Currently, we are adhering to all local safety mandates within each of our stores and strongly encouraging those who are medically able to wear a face covering to do so.”

But the statement continued, “We do not want to cause undue friction between our customers and associates by regulating mask mandates, and we strongly encourage state officials to lead the way in regulating these type of safety mandates.”


Article submitted by, dewater.