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Coronavirus: Longo’s customers must wear masks starting May 4

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WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the company says the move has been made for the safety and wellbeing of its staff and customers. – May 4, 2020

Longo’s says customers wanting to shop at its locations are required to wear masks starting on May 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Guests are required to wear a mask or face covering while in the store,” Longo’s said in a statement on its website. “Please bring one with you to keep everyone safe.

“If you have forgotten your face covering or need a mask, please speak with a team member at the store entrance.”

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The mask requirement does not apply to children under two, the grocery chain said.

Longo’s said it will have masks for purchase if a customer does not bring a mask or face covering.

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“If somebody has a medical condition where they can’t wear a face covering at all, we are going to ask them to provide a list to our store manager of what they need,” President & CEO Anthony Longo told Global News Radio 640 Toronto’s Kelly Cutrara.  “Wherever possible, we will shop for that customer and get the products for them.”

“It’s really to protect our team members, and to protect our customers,” the CEO added.

All staff members are also required to wear masks and/or plexi-face shields, Longo’s said.

The grocery chain has had employees test positive for the virus at Vaughan and Guelph locations.

Signs requiring all customers to wear face masks or face coverings posted at a Longo’s grocery store in Toronto on May 4, 2020. James Davidson / Global News

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