Local Supermarkets Mixed on Masks
The announcement from the CDC and then the PA Dept. of Health that people vaccinated against COVID-19 don’t need to wear masks (unless, for the most part, on public transportation) should have been met with many people shedding the face coverings.
But it didn’t.
It seems there’s as much hesitancy to ditch the COVID mask than there allegedly is to get the vaccine.
We checked out all the local supermarkets to see how they reacted to the news that face masks aren’t necessary for the vaccinated. Some have decided to keep their mandatory mask policy in place while others have adjusted with the latest guidance.
Schuylkill County Supermarkets Update Face Mask Policies
Here’s a look at how the local supermarkets are handling the new face mask guidance with regard to their store rules:
One store, the GIANT at Cressona Mall, hasn’t decided one way or another on an updated face mask policy. For now, however, face masks are required for all shoppers and employees.
In a statement released to The Canary, public relations manager for The GIANT Company, Ashley Flower, said, “The GIANT Company is aware of the new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are currently reviewing this guidance as we determine next steps. Our current mask policy remains in effect.”
A customer service representative at Weis Markets corporate HQ told us that the company is updating its rules to match the latest guidance from the CDC and state Health Dept.
Now, while shoppers can ditch the mask if they’ve been vaccinated, they’re still recommending shoppers who haven’t gotten their COVID shot(s) to still wear a face mask inside Weis stores.
The rep told us, “If a vaccinated person feels they don’t want to wear a mask, we’re certainly not going to kick them out.”
Weis employees are still required to wear a face mask inside the stores.
Redner’s Warehouse Markets
At Redner’s stores around Schuylkill County, customers are greeted at a sign on the front doors indicating that they needn’t wear a mask if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID. The stores are still requiring the unvaccinated to wear a mask while shopping.
Every employee working when we last visited was wearing a face mask but we’re unsure if they’re required to do so.
Boyer’s Food Markets
Despite the updated guidance on masks, Boyer’s stores seem to not be budging on the old guidance, at least for now. At the Yorkville (Pottsville) location on Saturday, there were a numbers of brightly colored signs splattered on the front doors indicating that masks are definitely still required.
Starting Friday, Walmart stores no longer required face masks on customers who’ve been vaccinated against COVID. Vaccinated store employees will be able to ditch their masks starting on Tuesday, May 18.