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11 Major Grocery Chains Where You Need to Wear a Mask

Time to properly mask-up before you go food shopping at these stores.
Mom and little boy buy fresh vegetable in grocery store. Family in shop.

A lot has changed the last few months and one thing that is a much different experience is a trip to the grocery store. Going food shopping now not only means you arrive with a list prepared of what items you're going to buy so you don't spend too much time in the store while making sure you sanitize the shopping cart you're using, but you often need to have a face mask. There are plenty of major grocery chains that have decided customers are required to wear a face covering while they shop.

So which stores are taking this precaution in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19? Well, have no fear as we rounded up the biggest grocery stores that have face masks rules so you can be prepared.




Walmart is known for being a store where you can find just about everything, and that includes low-priced groceries. With so many people flocking to their local Walmart for groceries, it comes as no surprise that the retail giant announced in a statement that "to help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20." And it's not just Walmart adopting this safety measure…


Sam's Club

sams club

But in that same statement, it was said the face mask rule would also be implemented at Sam's Club stores, as the warehouse chain where you can stock up on plenty of food is owned by Walmart.



Kroger store front

Beginning July 22, Kroger announced that customers will be required to wear a face mask in all stores nationwide.

"We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country," the Cincinnati-based supermarket chain said in a statement.


Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's store front

If you've taken a shopping trip to Trader Joe's, then know crew members are all wearing face masks. On the company's website, it states, "We request all customers wear a face covering while shopping in our stores."

You've most likely seen the viral footage of what happened when a customer refused to shop with a face mask on—hint: she was asked to leave.




Back in May, Costco released a statement letting shoppers know that "all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose, at all times while at Costco." Costco employees are required to wear a face mask as well and this is a policy that is still in effect. Just so you're in the loop, be sure to check out these things Costco won't be bringing back.



target storefront

Target, like Walmart, is known for its beloved grocery section and beginning August 1, customers are required to wear a mask in all stores, except for "those with underlying medical conditions and young children." If you happen to not have a mask, there will actually be disposable masks at store entrances.



publix storefront
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Publix is actually one of the largest regional supermarket chains, with stores throughout the Southeast. Now, when you go to get one of their iconic "Pub Subs" among other items, you'll have to wear a mask.

"Beginning July 21, customers are required to use face coverings over their noses and mouths while inside any Publix store. This new mandate is encouraged by the CDC for most individuals. Thank you for doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19," the company's website states. (Looking for more helpful tips? Your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!)



Aldi store front

The German-owned supermarket chain known for discount prices announced that effective July 27, "face coverings will be required to enter ALDI stores."


Stop & Shop

stop and shop

Northeast supermarket chain Stop & Shop has a list of guidelines on the company's site that explains how customers can do their part to create a safe shopping experience. And yes, that includes wearing a mask (and even gloves are encouraged!) in stores. There are some things you might not be able to find at most supermarkets, though, as there are some items grocery stores are having trouble keeping in stock.




If you happen to stop by a ShopRite, you will most likely encounter signs outside of the supermarket chain letting you know that a mask is required in order to enter.

"State governments have eased some restrictions for the public and local businesses but we want to assure you that we remain focused on the rigorous cleaning and safety protocols that keep our stores a safe place to work and shop," the company's website says. "Please continue to wear a face covering when you shop and follow the social distancing guidelines posted in stores."


Whole Foods

whole foods market

Like other grocery stores, you will see at Whole Foods employees are required to wear face masks. They're also offered gloves and personal face shields for additional protection. When it comes to customers, the company says on its site, "We are requesting that all customers wear masks while shopping in our stores to protect the health and safety of our team members and communities. Whole Foods Market will be providing face masks at the entrance of all stores for customers who do not have their own face covering."

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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