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Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills making face masks mandatory at all locations

Last Updated Aug 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm PDT

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The Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills will soon be making face masks mandatory at all locations

In a post on social media, the Real Canadian Superstore said the change will be enforced starting next Saturday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Starting next Saturday, face masks will be mandatory at all Real Canadian Superstore and No Frills locations.

In posts on social media Saturday, both grocery store chains announced the major change while thanking its customers.

“We appreciate your support as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19,” a Facebook post reads.

Both No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore are owned by Loblaws Companies, which also owns Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws Markets. So far no posts have been made about a mandatory mask policy at those stores.

Last month, two Superstore locations — one in Surrey and one in Mission — both reported that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, while earlier this week a new community outbreak with nine infections was announced at a Loblaws warehouse in Surrey.

RELATED: COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey Loblaws warehouse, 80 new cases in B.C.

Fraser Health is monitoring the outbreak, and those close to the infected employees have been told to self-isolate.

“There is no demonstrated evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through consumption of packaged foods, is a foodborne illness or is linked to transmission of any foodborne illnesses. Consequently, there is no evidence of risk to those outside the distribution centre,” the health authority said Thursday.