Starting the week of May 4, the Amazon-owned grocer will be offering free, disposable masks to all customers nationwide when they arrive at the store to shop. The masks will be available at the entrance of Whole Foods stores to customers who don't already have their own face covering.
In other moves, the retailer recently reserved the first hour of grocery pickup at its stores nationwide is for customers 60 years and older, those with disabilities and those whom the CDC defines as high risk. (In addition, all Whole Foods Market stores reserve the first hour of in-store shopping to this same group.)
Last week, Amazon announced it provided over 100 million masks to its global Amazon operations network and Whole Foods Market stores, making them available to all Amazon associates, delivery service partners, Amazon Flex participants, seasonal employees, and Whole Foods Market employees.
“We have enough mask inventory to cover our entire operations and stores network, and we are requiring everyone working in our facilities to take and use them,” the company said.