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Two major supermarket chains in the Rochester area are easing their mask requirements in connection with guidelines from the Centers for Disesase Control and Prevention and New York state.

Wegmans says that at its stores in New York, fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear a face covering.  Wegmans has stores in 7 states, and masks are still being required in some other states.

Tops issued a statement this week that said face coverings are optional for people who are fully vaccinated.

Tops Markets is merging with Schenectady-based supermarket chain Price Chopper/Market 32.

Tops is based in the Buffalo area and has 162 stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including 11 stores and 1,018 employees in Monroe County.

A company spokesperson says that including Monroe County, and Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne counties-- there are a total of 20 stores and 1,913 staffers.

Officials with the two companies say it will nearly double their collective footprint in the Northeast.

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Some area supermarket chains are temporarily limiting purchases of some meats due to supply and demand.

Wegmans has put a limit of 2 on ‘Family Pack 80% Ground Beef’ and ‘Family Pack Boneless Skinless Breast. The company issued a statement saying that the coronavirus pandemic is impacting meat supply across the country, but Wegmans does not expect to see a shortage of meat proteins available to its customers.

Both Wegmans and Tops are updating how their protocols are evolving to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wegmans has implemented ‘employee wellness checks,’ where they are now requiring employees to go through a wellness check before the start of each shift. During the screening, employees are asked to answer a few questions and Wegmans is also in the process of rolling out temperature checks at all of their stores.