Customers will be required to wear masks inside all King Soopers, City Market stores starting July 22

DENVER (KDVR) — National grocery chain Kroger announced Wednesday that customers will be required to wear masks inside all of its stores starting July 22. Colorado-based King Soopers and City Market are both Kroger-owned stores.

Kroger already requires its employees to wear masks.

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“With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, we are committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus,” King Soopers said in a release.

The company encouraged those who cannot wear masks to put on a face shield or other face covering.

“If they’re unable to wear a mask or an alternative design, we request that they use our ecommerce services like pickup or delivery. To support all households during the COVID-19 pandemic, our grocery pickup service remains free,” King Soopers said.

Small children are exempt from the mask rule, according to the company.

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for Safeway said that associates are required to wear masks and customers are expected to follow applicable local and state regulations.