Lidl tightens masks necessities as states finish orders


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The CEO of U.S. Lidl grocery stores announced a tightening of mask-wearing measures at its stores.

The announcement comes as Texas and Mississippi ended orders to wear facemasks in public places. Lidl does not have stores in either state.

Many national retail chains have indicated that masks will remain a requirement for entering their stores. That has led to confrontations in some states.

The end to mask mandates drew criticism from the Biden Administration, which had earlier issued mask-wearing requirements in federal facilities, including airport boarding areas.

Starting next week, Lidl stores will have a no-exceptions policy on masking. Those who cannot wear a face covering will be issued a face shield.

Lidl has stores in Middletown and Dover, with a new location under construction in Bear. The company also has a distribution center in Perryville, MD, west of Newark and the Delaware state line.

Below is a Twitter link to the letter from US CEO Johannes Fieber that outlines upgrades in air filtration systems and cleaning procedures at the company’s stores.

We must maintain vigilance against new variants. Read this letter our CEO sent to Lidl customers today highlighting the measures we are taking to keep them and our customers safe, including a stronger requirement for protective facial coverings.

— Lidl US (@LidlUS) March 3, 2021

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