Publix, Target And CVS Will Require Shoppers To Wear Face Coverings

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And even if your specific area doesn't require them, many grocery stores and other retailers are now making masks required across their stores.

CVS The pharmacy giant requires all customers wear face coverings at its 9,900-plus stores across the country as of July 20. The company said it was following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines in enacting the policy.

Kroger will require the use of face masks in all its locations from July 22, while department store chain Kohls, whose majority store base already insists on face coverings, will make it a requirement across stores starting July 20. Other companies have indicated they don't want to put their front-line employees into the role of "enforcers". This requirement will not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings. The company has faced backlash for the decision, with a number of customers ending up on social media after tirades with Costco employees over the requirement. Yet only about half of the USA states require masks in public places.

The announcement from Publix follows a similar mandate made by Walmart and Sam's Club. The policy goes into effect Monday, July 20.

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Home improvement store Menards was also an early adopter of a face mask policy for its employees. Kroger employees are also required to wear face masks.

"This builds on the more than 80% of our stores that already require guests to wear face coverings due to local and state regulations", it said. Face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers.

This person will be wearing a black polo, and their job is to help enforce the mask rule at the front of the store. "What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering", he said. The National Retail Federation, the main lobbying group for the industry, also referred to as on retailers to require masks for customers.

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