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Harris Teeter requires employees to wear face masks

Posted April 20, 2020 9:40 a.m. EDT
Updated April 21, 2020 7:22 a.m. EDT

A man looks for canned goods in a nearly empty aisle at a Harris Teeter store in Arlington, Va., Monday, March 16, 2020, as people stock up in the wake of the cornavirus. (Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times)

Starting Tuesday, April 21, Harris Teeter will require associates to wear masks or other face coverings at work including employees at their stores, distribution centers and facilities.

The announcement was made on April 20. Harris Teeter will provide all associates with a face covering and associates have the option to use their own.

"This decision aligns with CDC guidelines and promotes the safety and well-being of our shoppers and our valued Harris Teeter Heroes who are working on the frontlines to ensure our communities have access to food, medicine and essentials during this unprecedented time," said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. "Additionally, it brings consistency across our stores and further demonstrates Harris Teeter's commitment to protect our people and our communities, which is something we and our shoppers care about deeply."

In addition, shoppers are encouraged to cover their faces, but it is not required (except in areas mandating face masks or covers). The Harris Teeter announcement also indicates that "it is important to note that face coverings are an added health precaution; masks and/or face coverings do not guarantee against the spread of COVID-19."

See all the details on the Harris Teeter website.

About Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). The regional grocery chain employs approximately 30,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

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