The grocery store ALDI in Huntington will require customers to wear face masks to enter the store as part of a chain-wide decision, mirroring several other stores’ new face mask mandates.

ALDI says the new face covering policy which will become effective Monday, July 27 is being implemented for the safety of customers and employees.

“The health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve will always be our highest priority,” the statement from ALDI reads. “With that focus in mind, effective July 27, face coverings will be required to enter ALDI stores.”

ALDI will continue to monitor safety protocols from the CDC as well as state and local health officials. Most recently, the CDC stated that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 and could reduce the spread of the virus.

“Wearing a face mask in public helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by preventing the spread of possibly infectious respiratory droplets,” the Huntington County Health Department says.

The new face covering policy is an “enhanced safety measure” intended to help limit the spread of COVID-19, according to ALDI. All ALDI employees will continue to wear face coverings, as they have for months.

“We encourage any customer that is unable or unwilling to wear a face covering, to visit shop.aldi.us for grocery delivery – and even Curbside Grocery Pickup in many locations,” ALDI added.

ALDI in Huntington has offered a “Vulnerable Shopping Hour” since the end of March. The shopping hour on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. is designed for customers who are at higher risk of complication with COVID-19.

“We’re happy to provide it,” ALDI Huntington store manager Debbi Chaffee told The Herald-Press about the special shopping hour. “We hope that the everyday crowd is mindful that this first hour is for seniors, pregnant women, people with immunodeficiencies, but we’re not going to tell anyone no they’re not allowed to come in. We just want people to be able to get their food.”

Click HERE to read the full list of Huntington stores with face mask requirements.

Visit www.h-ponline.com for our compiled list of Huntington stores with customer face mask policies.