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WinCo will start requiring face masks. Here’s when the policy starts

WinCo will require masks beginning on Pioneer Day

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WinCo Foods says it sold frozen red raspberries manufactured by Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington, that may be contaminated with norovirus.

WinCo Foods says it sold frozen red raspberries manufactured by Rader Farms of Bellingham, Washington, that may be contaminated with norovirus.

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WinCo Foods will now require shoppers to wear face masks and coverings when they visit one of the stores, the company said Thursday.

  • The grocery chain made the decision “with the health and safety of our employee owners, customers and communities top of mind.”
  • Employees will continue to wear masks.
  • WinCo said, “if you or a loved one has a valid medical exemption, please inform an employee owner, while maintaining social distance.”
  • Locations will be open at pre-pandemic store hours. You can find your store hours on the WinCo website.

Another major issue:

  • WinCo announced it has a coin shortage, too. “Due to the nationwide shortage of coins in the U.S. from the Federal Reserve, we ask for WinCo shoppers to please consider paying with: debit, check or exact change. You may also redeem your rolled coins for cash by visiting the customer service counter.”
  • The Deseret News recently looked into the problem of a coin shortage, which has started because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not just WinCo. Multiple grocery chains are experiencing the shortage.
  • “The Federal Reserve is experiencing a significant coin shortage across the U.S., resulting from fewer coins being exchanged and spent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many retailers and businesses, we are adjusting to the temporary shortage in several ways,” said Aubriana Martindale, a spokesperson for Smith’s grocery stores.