PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — World Foods is the latest grocer to announce that customers will be required to wear masks when shopping at the store. This comes on the heels of a similar announcement made by New Seasons last week.
It appears that more and more grocers are asking customers to put on a face covering. Management said it’s for the safety of the customer and their employees.
A spokesperson for World Foods said they have been providing wipes for people to sanitize with, and they also have a rule in place in which people were to be six feet apart, however, sometimes it wasn’t possible as people made their way through the store.
“We have to look out for the health of our staff,” said Wine Manager and Safety Team Leader Tyler Magyar.
He said there are more than 100 employees and this has brought them more peace of mind on the job.
“I think there is also a morale-boosting element to this over the past couple of days,” said Magyar. “Seeing my colleagues feel a little more secure and happy and knowing that they are a little bit better protected has been really, really important.”
He said they’ve received more positive customer feedback on the new rules and people have been largely supportive.
“We have had issues of people resisting or not feeling fully aware what the responsibility is, and I think my goal is to limit those and educate when possible to make sure that if you win over hearts and minds, they are going to want to do it,” said Magyar.
Eric Farley spent part of his Sunday afternoon picking up groceries.
“I just made a quick trip over to Green Zebra. They aren’t requiring masks, at least at this point,” said Farley. Still, he prefers to wear one as a precaution. “When I’m in a grocery store, I want to do what’s right and protect myself and others.”
New Seasons also announced that they will be requiring masks when in stores. The policy for that grocer goes into effect on Wednesday, April 29. New Seasons sent out a statement that said all individuals, including staff, shoppers, partners, and vendors will be required to wear protective facial coverings while inside New Seasons Market stores.
“I think it’s a good idea and I think it’s where we are probably headed as far as trying to transition into a non-stay-at-home type of scenario,” said Farley. “So, yeah, it’s the perfect way to try to move to the next steps.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does recommend wearing a face-covering in public settings.