Hy-Vee to hand out free masks to customers starting Monday

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MADISON, Wis. — Hy-Vee is planning to hand out masks at its stores starting Monday.

The grocery store chain said in a release Tuesday that it will be distributing more than 3 million free masks to customers in an effort to protect its customers and employees from COVID-19.

Hy-Vee stores in the Madison area include: 3801 E. Washington Ave., 675 S. Whitney Way in Madison and at 2920 Fitchrona Road in Fitchburg.

The Midwest grocer said the mask effort is also in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to wear masks in public by launching a new initiative called “Mask It Up To Shut COVID Down. It’s Your Choice.”

Starting Monday, employees will be stationed at the front doors of all Hy-Vee stores to hand out masks to customers who are not wearing one.

The store will also have signage, employee attire, and other reminders around the store about the mask campaign, according to the release.

Hy-Vee said its employees have been wearing masks since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.