Grocery Union Wants All Customers To Wear Masks


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The union that represents grocery store workers wants customers to be required to wear masks when they go shopping for food.

Jim Carvalho, political director for United Food and Commercial Workers local 1445 said a lot has been done to protect grocery store workers, including extra paid sick time at Stop & Shop, and hazard pay.

The union mostly represents Massachusetts Stop & Shop workers.

"I think one area that still needs to be done to protect these workers at grocery stores, and all of these essential businesses, is requiring customers to wear face masks when they go into the stores, or the banks, or the pharmacies," Carvalho said.

He said that "a lot of cities and towns have taken it upon themselves to mandate it," but not all have. That's why Carvalho is pushing for a statewide mandate for all customers to wear face masks.

Carvalho said these workers are the people putting themselves and their families at risk to keep others fed during the pandemic.

WBZ NewsRadio's Laurie Kirby (@LaurieWBZ) reports

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