Two local groceries requiring customers to wear a face mask while shopping

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An independent grocery store in Harbor Town will require customers to wear a face mask to enter the store to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Cordelia’s Market told us this new policy begins Friday.

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Cordelia’s Market told FOX13’s Greg Coy that there will be no exception to this rule.

How to cover your face is your choice but come Friday if you don’t have something on, you won’t be allowed inside.

Boutique grocery store, Cordelia’s, has a new policy for customers that begins Friday.

“Anybody who wants to walk into Cordelia’s Market will have to wear something over their face,” said Cordelia’s Market manager Angelina Mazzanti.

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Mazzanti said they are doing this to help stop the spread of the virus to customers and employees.

“You don’t know what to expect and we are trying to keep everybody safe,” she said.

The president and mayor have encouraged people to wear masks in public but now Cordelia’s will make it mandatory.

Fresh Market already made mask-wearing mandatory for customers last week.

“We have not heard of many stores at all requiring this in Tennessee,” said Rob Ikard, Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association President.

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We asked him if this type of policy might be implemented at other stores.

Ikard told us it is up to every grocery store to enforce safe social distancing in a way that works best for them.

“Grocery retailers don’t like to be in the business of telling their customers how to present themselves in their stores,” Ikard said.

Cordelia’s Market will tell customers starting Friday there will no exceptions.

“There can’t be especially with what is going on in our area right now,” Mazzanti said. “You can’t have an exception to the rule.”