Public has announced that it will be joining a plethora of other large retailers in requiring that its customers wear face coverings amid the continued surge of the Coronavirus.

Beginning July 21, Public customers will need to be “masked” if they want to shop in one of the most revered grocery stores in the Southeast. Publix acted quickly at the start of the pandemic by changing store hours and installing plexiglass shields in hopes of keeping distance between their employees and their customers.

The new requirement means face coverings will be required before shoppers will be allowed to enter the store at all locations, but does not apply to young children or those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings, according to CDC guidelines.

For those unable to wear face coverings, the company encourages those individuals to consider Publix delivery and/or curbside pickup.

“With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help protect our communities,” Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous said in a statement.

Face covering info signs will be posted at Public entrances.

Publix now joins retailers like Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Starbucks, Best Buy, and CVS, all who require customers to wear masks before entering their establishments.