Walmart made this decision because of the random mask requirements between states.
Walmart says all Customers must wear masks in their stores.
Walmart, America’s leading retailer, announced Wednesday that all customers must wear masks in their stores. The rule comes into force in the worst surge since March in coronaviral cases.
Walmart’s COO, Dacona Smith, released a joint statement with Lance de la Rosa, a representative of Sams’ club. Executives called the move a “simple step” to increase store security. On Monday the regulation will come into force.
The company’s report cites several retail chains that have already enacted the need for face masks. Just this week, Starbucks and Best Buy established a masking order. Stores including Costco, Apple, Walgreens, Kroger, CVS, Cape and Verizon have the face masks needed for several weeks.
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“This will give us time to notify customers and members of changes in new protocols, post-signage and train partners,” Walmart said in a statement. It added, “This is a simple step that everyone can take for their own safety and the safety of others in our facilities.”
Walmart made this decision because of the random mask requirements between states. While federal pathologists are highly encouraged to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, President Trump has consistently mocked the guidance.
He stressed that this was a “recommendation” and that each state should decide for itself whether or not to use masks in general.
As a result, wearing masks has become a polarizing problem and their use is no longer necessary. While state governments may continue to drag their feet on the need for masks, some of the country’s largest retail powers are now taking the task into their own hands.
Meanwhile, the president made his first public appearance in a mask this week, suggesting that he recognizes the crisis, no matter how symbolic.