America's largest food and retail union is calling out the chief executives of major companies for loosening their coronavirus mask policies for vaccinated shoppers and employees.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers including employees at Kroger, CVS, Albertsons and Macy's, is calling on the "CEOs of retailers across the industry" to keep "mask rules in place for most people."
In doing so, the community and frontline workers will be better protected, the union said, adding that more than 200 million Americans have yet to get fully vaccinated.
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UFCW International President Marc Perrone said the relaxed rules make it harder for frontline workers who were first "forced to play mask police throughout the pandemic" but are now being asked to "be the vaccination police."
The issue, Perrone said, is that "it is virtually impossible" to tell if someone is fully vaccinated.
"Before the new CDC mask guidance, we knew that unmasked shoppers were ignoring COVID safety measures and likely unvaccinated, so we knew to keep our distance if we were concerned," he said.