Austin, TX—Shoppers at Whole Foods Market are going to need to wear masks in the stores, according to a blog posted by Amazon on April 30. Shoppers who don’t have a mask of their own will be able to pick up a free disposable mask at the door.
Specifically, according to a page on Whole Foods’ website: “Over the next week, we will begin requesting that all customers wear masks while shopping in our stores to protect the health and safety of our team members and communities.”
Amazon’s blog states that the company expects to invest more than $800 million in the first half of the year on COVID-19 safety measures including items like masks, hand sanitizer, thermal cameras, gloves, sanitizing wipes, additional janitorial teams, and more; the company expects to invest approximately $4 billion on COVID-related expenses in the second quarter of 2020.
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Other safety measures taken include: crowd control measures limiting store capacity; mandatory daily temperature check screenings for team members and Prime Now Shoppers; and enhanced daily cleanliness and sanitation protocols across all stores and facilities.
Whole Foods employees today held a strike, requesting hazard pay, health care coverage for part-time and seasonal workers, and company commitment to ensuring that all locations have adequate sanitation equipment and procedures in place. Whole Foods and Amazon employees have alleged that neither Amazon nor Whole Foods are being transparent about the number of COVID cases in their facilities.
Amazon’s blog post concluded: “We will keep evaluating how to best support our teams and communities, and will continue rolling out measures to protect the health and safety of every person helping customers get what they need during this difficult time. Taking care of our employees as they step up for their communities will remain Amazon’s number-one priority.”