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Schnucks advises all customers to cover faces in stores

Schnucks advises all customers to cover faces in stores

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Updated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday with information from the governor's office.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS — Schnucks is advising shoppers to wear protective coverings on their faces, the latest coronavirus-related measure by the St. Louis-area grocery store chain.

In addition to asking customers to cover their faces, the company announced in a Wednesday press release it will no longer allow customers to use reusable bags in stores. 

For the Easter holiday, all Schnucks stores will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, remain closed on Sunday and reopen Monday at noon.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 union had urged Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday to update his stay-at-home order to require shoppers to wear masks in stores.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Sam Page both backed the union's request.

On Thursday, Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones said in a statement Parson was not updating the order.

"At this time, Governor Parson will not be amending his 'Stay Home Missouri' Order to require shoppers to wear face coverings," she said. "People, regardless of where they are located (stores, home, outside), should maintain 6 feet apart and not be in a social gatherings larger than 10."

Other steps Schnucks and some other local grocery stores have taken to prevent community spread of COVID-19 include adding plexiglass panels to checkout counters, and allowing only one person per household to shop at a time.

Schnucks employees at some of the largest stores have also received bonuses to their hourly rate.

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