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.

Wegmans is now offering COVID-19 vaccines for young people, ages 12 and older.

With guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state recently changing, the Pfizer vaccine is now available for individuals age 12 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for people 18 and older.

Wegmans says that as of Saturday, May 15, walk-in appointments, which already have been available for those 18 and older at Wegmans pharmacy locations across the state, will now also be available for people ages 12 to 17.

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Wegmans says that nine of its stores in New York state will receive a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to distribute to people age 75 and older, as well as Wegmans pharmacy employees.

Participating Wegmans Pharmacy locations include:

Rochester: Eastway, Pittsford, Chili-Paul, Mt. Read, East Avenue
Buffalo: Alberta Drive, Sheridan Drive
Syracuse: Fairmount, Dewitt

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says that it is sending coconuts to Wegmans CEO Colleen Wegman this week, to highlight a problem about how coconuts are sometimes harvested.

PETA’s President, Ingrid Newkirk, says that monkeys are used in Thailand, forced to pick coconuts used in a brand of coconut milk called Chaokoh, which PETA says is sold by Wegmans. PETA says the coconuts it's sending to Colleen Wegman were humanely obtained.

Newkirk says the monkeys endure abusive training including being confined for life and being subject to abusive training.

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And, Wegmans ranks well in a new national survey on corporate reputations.


Wegmans is ending its Pub operations at stores throughout its footprint, including the one in Perinton. The Pub restaurant is the only one in the Rochester area. The story was first reported in the Democrat & Chronicle, and Wegmans confirmed the news Tuesday morning.

The Pub locations were originally closed because of the coronavirus

Spokesperson Deana Percassi said the supermarket company is “focused on applying our culinary expertise to the increasing demand for fast, casual meal solutions available in our stores, for pickup, and through delivery.”

Wegmans, which has reduced its store hours during the coronavirus pandemic to help with cleaning and restocking its stores, has extended the hours, which recently have been from 7am to 10pm.

As of Sunday, June 14, all of the NY stores will be open from 6am to midnight, daily. A statement from the company says that these will be the “new normal hours for the forseeable future.”

Wegmans says that it is "continually reassessing the situation and will do its best to listen and serve the needs of customers and communities.

A survey from Paychex did shows nearly two-thirds of business owners feel that the worst impact on their operations from the coronavirus pandemic is behind them. 

Plus, details on how Wegmans will change the way it opens new stores because of the pandemic; and why Monro Auto Service and Tire Centers will shutter more then 30 stores across the country. 

Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a seven-point metric for regions to follow in order to begin reopening businesses in less than two weeks Monday, but no part of the state currently qualifies to meet those standards. He delivered Monday's briefing at the Wegmans Conference Center in Chili.

The two most difficult metrics for regions to meet, according to state data, are requirements to increase the availability of diagnostic testing and contact tracers per capita.