Major retailers, including Walmart (WMT) - Get Report, Starbucks (SBUX) - Get Report, Apple (APPL) , Costco (COST) - Get Report, have said customers and staff are required to wear face coverings in their stores.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Walmart is the world's largest retailer, and is the latest national chain to require masks. Walmart's decision will go into effect starting Monday, July 20. Walmart has more than 5,000 stores and clubs.
Starbuck's requirement goes into effect on July 15.
Here’s what these major retailers are saying about their decisions:
“As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented. To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20," Walmart said in a statement.
"While we're certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities."
“We know some members may find this inconvenient or objectionable, but under the circumstances we believe the added safety is worth any inconvenience.”
“Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don't bring their own."
“In accordance with guidelines from the CDC, we are requiring all associates, customers and vendors to wear cloth face coverings when inside our stores."
“The company is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
“Masks are required to be worn by employees, customers and visitors in our stores (both in store and curbside) and will be provided to customers who need them."
“Customers and employees are required to wear a face covering. We will supply a face covering if you don’t have one. Small children and those unable to wear one for health reasons may enter without one."
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