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PA Secretary of Agriculture asks shoppers to respect essential workers by wearing a mask


Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reminded Pennsylvanians today about the importance of mutual respect when patronizing Pennsylvania's essential businesses – whether it be a grocery store, farmers market, restaurant or hardware store. Business operators and their employees are working hard to protect each other and their consumers in a safe, clean environment.

"During these unusual times, there should be an unspoken covenant of mutual respect; just as we as consumers expect stores to be open and there for us when we need them, the workforce expects and deserves their customers to do their part to reduce risk," said Redding. "Don't put employees in the uncomfortable position of asking you to wear a mask. Be prepared with a mask before you enter a store. Remember, my mask protects you; your mask protects me. Using a mask and social distancing during this temporary time not only helps mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus, but it's also a way to show we care for one another."