Kroger Updates Mask Policy To Address New CDC Guidance
On a recent early morning trip to Kroger the only masks we encountered were worn by Kroger employees or vendors restocking. There were no announcements reminding customers of their mask policy, and I didn’t notice if there was signage on the front door.
But then the CDC released new guidelines this week, in light of the Delta variant, and Kroger has again updated their mask policy. While they aren’t “requiring” masks be worn by customers, they are strongly encouraging all individuals (vaccinated or unvaccinated) to wear masks.
They explain, they are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marc Watkins as well as listening to associates and customers to guide their policies.
“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,” they said in a statement.
Kroger also said, “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. We also encourage customers to visit
www.kroger.com/covidvaccine to make an appointment. Many pharmacies are also
accepting walk-in appointments for added convenience.”
As of this time Costco states they will continue to follow local guidelines and regulations for mask policy, and we haven’t seen an update from H-E-B.