The grocery chain Kroger announced it will still require customers to wear masks inside its stores across the country despite the reversal of mask mandates in Texas and Mississippi, a statement said today.
The company, which bills itself as "America's largest grocer" said that it will "continue to require everyone in our stores across the country to wear masks until all our frontline grocery associates can receive the Covid-19 vaccine."
"We also continue to advocate to federal, state and local officials to prioritize frontline grocery workers for the vaccine rollout plan," the company added.
Kroger offers a $100 one-time payment to employees who get fully vaccinated.
The company has recently also drawn controversy over its practice of closing stores in cities that mandated "hazard pay" for grocery employees working during the pandemic. Kroger announced closures of two stores in Seattle and two in Long Beach, California, after ordinances in both cities required grocery workers to be paid an extra $4 per hour.