More Stores Are Requiring Customers To Wear Face Masks

July 17, 2020
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Walmart announced this week that starting Monday (7/20/20), face masks will be required at all Walmart and Sam’s Club outlets. The nation's biggest retailer said the move would “bring consistency across stores and clubs,” as about two-thirds of the stores were already subject to state or local mask requirements, and represents “a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities.” The statement recommends those who aren't comfortable wearing a facial covering while shopping to taking advantage of online services or delivery options. Employees will be stationed at store entrances to remind customers of the requirement and work with those who arrive without a mask. Face masks will also be required when entering a CVS and Kohl's as of this Monday (7/20) and yesterday, Publix Supermarkets said it will be required for its customers to cover their faces starting Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Target will allow more time to get a face mask with their requirement of covering your face begins Saturday, August 1, 2020. Other popular stores that require face masks are Starbucks, Verizon, AT&T, Dollar Tree and Best Buy. Although Alachua County upped its face mask requirement with potential fines up to $500 as of July 1, 2020, there is no state mandate to wear masks in public. However retailers can forcefully kick out non-compliant customers who do not follow their new face mask policies. Florida remains one a COVID19 hotspot, with over 315,000 reported cases, nearly 20,000 hospitalizations and over 4,600 deaths as of today.

SOURCE: AARP

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