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Face masks to become mandatory while shopping at Superstores

Masks or face coverings will be mandatory when entering any Atlantic Superstore on Prince Edward Island or in New Brunswick as of Sept. 1, officials with Loblaw say.

Disposable masks will be available at store locations, officials say

Health officials have said face coverings can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. (narongpon chaibot/Shutterstock)

Masks or face coverings will be mandatory when entering any Atlantic Superstore on Prince Edward Island or in New Brunswick as of Sept. 1, officials with Loblaw say.

Disposable masks will be available at all store locations.

Company officials said according to health guidance, wearing a face mask or face covering is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Superstore is not the only grocery chain to adopt the face mask policy. Beginning Saturday, face masks become mandatory at all No Frills stores.

Commercial varieties of non-medical masks are popping up on store racks everywhere as retailers stock up to be ready for new mandatory-mask policies. (Carolyn Ryan/CBC)

In a statement, Sobeys said it is not making masks mandatory in its stores at this time. However, it said employees in some departments, such as bakery and deli, are required to wear masks.

Sobeys said it will continue to take direction from the Chief Public Health Office, and will adjust its policy if necessary.

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