The companies announced the new policies on Thursday following similar moves by a growing number of retailers acting to fill a void left by local, state and federal agencies that have so far refused to set mandatory face coverings policies. The retail giant said the requirement was part of an effort to create consistency across its stores as it looks to keep customers and employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Others, such as CVS Health and Kroger, stated they'll utilize signs or store statements to advise customers about the policy. The grocery chain is also offering curbside pickup and delivery for those who prefer not to enter the store entirely. The requirement applies to Walmart's 5,000-plus US stores and includes Sam's Club locations.
Other stores requiring face-masks starting Monday include CVS, Kohl's, Lowe's, Walgreens, Whole Foods and more. "We understand that there are a variety of opinions about masks, however the CDC and other health experts are aligned on the benefits of facial coverings in reducing the spread of COVID-19".
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All it takes is for someone to post, "why is Walgreens/Starbucks/Insert any store closed?", and one of the guesses/rumors is always "someone tested positive for COVID-19". He known as for the reinstatement of hazard pay for grocery employees who face higher danger as coronavirus instances rise in a majority of states.
This person will be wearing a black polo, and their job is to help enforce the mask rule at the front of the store. Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers. The retailer said that face masks are already required by state and local regulations in 80% of its stores, the news outlet reported.
The policy will go into effect August 1.
Publix The supermarket chain requires all customers to wear face coverings at its 1,252 stores as of July 21, exempting small children and those with medical conditions who are unable to wear masks.