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I am hopeful that you will take advantage of the opportunity to be a LEADER in the retail industry by offering designated shopping hours for those who cannot wear a mask.

You have offered special shopping hours for seniors and disabled since early on during this unusual circumstance and we have patronized your store because of this.

Curbside shopping or instacart delivery is not fair and equal access, because there is an additional cost, and I ma not able to browse and look for new items and experience an enjoyable shopping experience.

Offering designated shopping hours for those who cannot wear a mask creates reasonable accommodations (as required by federal, state and local laws) and benefits your business.

Whole Foods will be recognized as a powerful community leader in creating a fair, just and equitable shopping experience for all your patrons in this way:

1. Shoppers who can’t wear a mask can shop in comfort and confidence — free of discrimination, harassment and intimidation (which violate federal and state civil rights laws)


Associates will not need to spend time checking to see if shoppers need to “wear a mask”

3. Shoppers who want to wear a mask can shop during certain hours in comfort and confidence without being threatened by those without a mask

4. Further, ASSOCIATES who cannot wear a mask could be assigned to work those hours.


This demonstrates YOUR commitment to your ETHICS and COMPLIANCE for NON-DISCRIMINATION policies

6. Your business can avoid costly and embarrassing discrimination lawsuits

I look forward to an enjoyable shopping experience!


Karen McFarland

User's recommendation: Write your letter to Whole Foods if you too would like the opportunity to shop mask free without discrimation.

Preferred solution: Establish designated hours for shopping mask free...I have shopped and supported you for 25+ years and appreciate your efforts in supporting your customers..

Whole Foods Market Pros: Quality & diversity of products and many locations.

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Why do they need to "protect" their employees? And how forcing me to suffocate myself makes anyone else safer?

It surely makes every idiot around "feel safe", but obviously masks do not protect the wearers or the others from so called infection. Otherwise masks would have been mandated in March. And besides - most people in China worn masks for years, but that Covid virus came from China, and was wide spread contagion among the Chinese.

Besides, WFM employees could volunteer to serve during mask-less hour. Cowards may stay behind and eat lunch.

@Irena S Rhv

They have a duty to protect their employees. Don’t like it it?? Open your own store Karen.


If their employees are wearing masks, and are behind their plexi glass barriers, what is the further risk???? Mind you there is ZERO science that validates wearing face coverings en-mass for healthy people.

You're getting your information from mass media hysteria. actual clinical studies on mask wearing cautions wearing masks for long periods of time because of their detrimental effects.

TBH I feel terrible for these retail workers being forced to try to breath in masks for hours on end. I can see them struggling all the time, it's a horrible thing we are forcing people to do.

@Irena S Rhv

Why do they need to protect their employees??? Seriously?


No muzzle shopping for those who has alternative views on health, viruses, etc.


Voting for Mask-Free Shopping Hours

@Maximino Fmf

Shop elsewhere max


Support Natural Grocers they are not questioning patrons shopping without a mask.


Would you supply the names of some of these natural grocers? I am looking for businesses that don't require face coverings. Thanks!

@Ryatt Fir

That is the name "Natural Grocers"


I also want mask-free shopping hours.


I shopped at Whole Foods frequently. Now I am asking, along with others, to please offer store hours for those of us who do not wear face coverings.

I want to continue eating healthy and staying healthy by having a strong immune system. Face coverings do not allow one to build up their immune system.

I look forward to shopping at your store again once this adjustment can be made for fair and equitable treatment for all customers who visit your store. Thank you!

@Shawniece Tjv


@Shawniece Tjv

So it’s all about you and your immune system? You don’t care about anyone else in your community?


Actually you're projecting your own selfishness onto people who you don't believe deserves fair an equal treatment, because you've determined that a face covering is the one thing that will determine whether someone lives or dies. There is zero science to validate that.

You're propensity for shaming and bullying has been validated by mass media, and now you feel empowered to bully anyone who you've decided does not deserve equality.

You don't get to call anyone selfish for having a disability that will not allow them to wear a face cover, or anyone who has a moral,religious, or civil rights objection to wearing one. By insisting that everyone do something that you have decided is right, no matter the consequences to them, you are in fact the selfish one.

@Ashley D Czg

Why are you mad boomer and still posting? Go handle the situation with whatever authority will agree with you.


Please offer special hours for people that cannot wear a mask. I would like to keep shopping at your store and sincerely hope that you can come to a solution. Thank you.



@Irena S Rhv

Support Natural Grocers they are not questioning non-mask wearing patrons


I also agree. Due to isolation, social distancing and masks our immune systems and oxygen levels are going down.

These are truthful and proven facts. The Governors issuing these "temporary" mandates have gone too far. Whole Foods is about eating and being healthy. That's why I prefer to shop there.

It's ironic to shop for wholesome, healthy foods, while being mandated to wear a mask that actually makes your oxygen level go down, and can cause other problems by breathing back in the air you are exhaling. As a health conscious company, I suggest you take the health of your shoppers into consideration and stand up for your customers' and staffs' best interest. You'll be amazed how many customers would choose to shop at your location without a mask.

Even if for only one designated hour a day, your store will be packed when word gets around. You have the right to be right and do the right thing!

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