Whole Foods Co-Op now requires customers wear masks

Emily Ness
Updated: June 28, 2020 10:39 PM

From now on, customers entering Whole Foods Co-Op are required to wear masks until further notice.


The Co-Op said that they made the decision in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.

“One of the core values, kind of the DNA of CO-Op’s is concern for community,” Michael Karsh, manager of the Denfeld Whole Foods Co-Op said. “We know that the masks are really for the safety of others so it’s a perfect opportunity for us to express the safety we want for all of our shoppers, all of our community all of the time.”

Already, the Co-Op said they have been providing masks for customers and will continue to do so as this change goes into effect.

“As a business, as long as we apply it without discrimination, we can require masks at all times just like we require shirts and shoes and people don’t bring guns into the store and they don’t drink alcohol openly in the store even though they may do those things other places,” Karsh said.

The decision to require masks was made on Friday. 

It will be enforced at both the Hillside and the Denfeld Co-Ops.

So far, Whole Foods said the response from customers has been primarily positive.


Emily Ness

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