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Wegmans will provide masks to workers at all stores after backlash

Wegmans says it was fortunate to receive enough masks to provide all employees with protection while working.

The message came in a press release on Wednesday, after intense media scrutiny in the Rochester-area.

“We thank our people who continue to show up every day with a positive attitude, ready to deliver incredible service, equipped with the most up-to-date trusted science to protect themselves and our customers,” Wegmans said in a statement. “Our customers support us every day, taking time to recognize our people and encourage us to keep going, which truly makes a HUGE difference.”

The company says that along the way it has adhered to guidance of the CDC. Recently, the CDC began advising that all people in public wear face coverings. The company did not initially turn this advice to its employees, which resulted in some of those workers sending anonymous messages to media outlets and elected officials in the Rochester-area.

The company moved on Wednesday to a universal masking policy, which will ensure that all workers can have a mask.

“We are fortunate to have secured enough masks, arriving at stores in the next few days, to make it possible for our people to adhere to [CDC advice],” the statement read. “As we continue to follow the highest standards for social distancing, sanitation, and plexiglass screens at check out, we are confident in the measures we’ve taken to keep our stores a safe and positive place to be during this time. We thank you for your support as we continue to learn and ensure progress is made daily.”

The company says it will continue to evaluate things on a day-to-day basis.