Publix Supermarket chain stores will now allow customers and associates who are fully vaccinated to shop without masks.
The company made the announcement Friday and the policy took effect Saturday, May 15 as a result of the recent CDC guideline adjustments on masks.
The exception to the rule will apply in cities and states where superseding mask mandates remain in place.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store, though the company did not offer any details on how it intends to verify vaccination status at this time.
Publix currently employs 225,000 associates and operates 1,270 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.