Starting Monday, customers will have to wear a mask or face covering if they visit a number of retailers nationwide.
The stores have put rules in place mandating masks in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease, which has grown in several states in recent weeks.
The new requirement will apply to customers at all 5,000 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.
Walmart also said it’s created the role of “health ambassador,” an employee who will be stationed near the entrance to further remind customers of safety requirements.
The company noted that the ambassadors will receive special training to make the process “as smooth as possible.”
Like Walmart, pharmaceutical chains Walgreens and CVS will impose a mask rule for thousands of locations nationally.
“Since the pandemic began, we’ve done everything we can to keep people safe and healthy. This includes requiring that store employees wear face coverings and encouraging our customers to do so as well,” CVS Chief Operating Officer Jon Roberts said last week.
“We’re joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country.”
“We support the new CDC guidance that urges the use of face covers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Kevin Ban, Walgreens chief medical officer, added in a statement. “As cases continue to rise in many parts of the country, it’s critical we, as businesses and members of the community, do everything we can.”
As of Friday, more than 28 states had issued state-wide mandates requiring the use of masks while in public, while many smaller county and local governments have implemented their own measures, according to News Channel.
President Donald Trump, who has often resisted wearing a mask in public, told Fox News Sunday he would not issue a nationwide mask mandate, saying he wants to allow “a certain freedom” and would leave the decision to state and local leaders.
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