Visiting any Whole Foods store will require you to wear a mask, but don’t worry, the store will provide the mask for free.
In a post on the Day One Blog, Amazon explains that in a bid to “help protect the safety and health of our Team Members and communities, we will be requesting customers wear masks in Whole Foods Market stores.” The requirement of a mask will be backed up by the provision of free disposable masks provided by Whole Foods at the entrance of each store.
Amazon already has enough masks so that “Amazon associates, delivery service partners, Amazon Flex participants, seasonal employees, and Whole Foods Market Team Members” all have them to wear. Asking customers to do the same is just the next step, and clearly Amazon believes it has the quantities of masks available to cope with customer demand.
Yesterday, Amazon pledged $4 billion in expenses to protect workers from COVID-19, but that follows over $800 million expected to be invested in the first half of this year. The money is being used to purchase items including “masks, hand sanitizer, thermal cameras, thermometers, sanitizing wipes, gloves, additional handwashing stations, and adding disinfectant spraying in buildings, procuring COVID testing supplies, additional janitorial teams, and more.” At the same time, Amazon has informed employees that, if their job can be done from home, they can continue to work from home until October.