Walmart will require customers to wear masks in all their stores in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the company announced on Wednesday.
Beginning July 20, the nation’s largest retailer will mandate face coverings at all its stores, including Sam’s Club. The company will provide complimentary masks for customers.
“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,” Walmart’s Chief Operating Officer Dacona Smith said.
Costco began requiring its members to wear facial coverings in its warehouses in May. Starbucks begins its face covering mandate this week. Next week, Best Buy will require all of its shoppers to wear masks.
“We know some people have differing opinions on this topic,” Smith said in a press release. “We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC.”
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