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Publix begins removing plastic barriers at checkouts

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 07:52:12-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix is beginning to look like it did before the Coronavirus pandemic began.

"As a result of the decrease in COVID-19 cases and wide availability of vaccines, Publix is removing the clear plastic shields from registers, customer service desks and pharmacies," Lakeland-based company spokeswoman Maria Brous said Monday.

She said the change took place last week, two years after the barriers were first installed.

Publix, which once had a mask mandate, no longer requires facial coverings for customers or employees, regardless of a person's vaccination status.

This story was first reported by Peter Burke of sister station WPTV in West Palm Beach.