ATLANTA — Kroger has announced it will not require fully-vaccinated customers and most fully-vaccinated associates to wear masks starting Thursday.
The updated policy includes all stores, distribution centers, plants and offices unless masks are required by the state or local jurisdiction.
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“Based on the CDC’s science-based guidance and the input of our associates, we are updating our mask policy in a way that balances our values of safety and respect,” the company said in a statement.
Non-vaccinated employees will still be required to wear masks, as will people who work in Kroger pharmacies and clinics.
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The company is requesting that anyone who isn’t vaccinated continues to wear a mask.
“We will continue to implement enhanced cleaning and physical distancing across all facilities as well as offer associates a $100 one-time payment for receiving the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the company said.
Kroger operates 178 stores in Georgia and is home to three manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Many Kroger pharmacies are offering walk-in COVID vaccine appointments or you can schedule an appointment at: www.kroger.com/covidvaccine
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