All the US Retail Chains Requiring Masks: Full List – The New York Times
Large retail chains have started requiring customers to wear masks inside all of their stores, as coronavirus cases surge across the country and politicians and public health experts clamor for widespread use of face coverings to stem the spread of the disease.
On Friday, McDonald’s, one of the largest fast-food chain in the United States with 38,984 locations as of March 31, joined other retailers and restaurants with mask mandates.
After Walmart, America’s largest retailer, announced on July 15 that it would mandate in-store mask-wearing, a flurry of other companies, including Kroger, Target and Walgreens, followed suit. This means that customers will be required to wear face masks in stores even in places without local mask ordinances. The National Retail Federation has encouraged companies to set nationwide mask policies to protect employees and shoppers.
Some chains, however, have moved in the opposite direction. After establishing a customer mask requirement in early July, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar reversed course on July 20, saying they would require masks only if mandated by state or local rules.
said on July 17 that customers had to wear face coverings in its stores. The policy went into effect on July 27. Aldi requests that customers who are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering use pickup or delivery instead.
On May 17, the iPhone maker announced that all shoppers would be required to wear masks inside its stores. The company said it would give masks to customers who did not have them.
On July 2, AT&T announced that store visitors needed to wear face coverings. The satellite communications provider also said it would provide masks to customers who need them.
Bed Bath & Beyond
The home goods retailer, with over 1,460 locations across the United States, Mexico and Canada, said it would require all in-store shoppers to wear a mask beginning on July 24.
July 14 that all customers must wear face coverings when shopping in Best Buy stores. The company will provide masks to customers who do not have one. The policy, which went into effect on July 15, does not apply to small children or people unable to wear a mask for health reasons.
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BJ’s Wholesale Club
OnJuly 20, the members-only warehouse chain began requiring shoppers to wear a mask that covers both their nose and mouth at all times. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from the policy.
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The convenience store chain said that all customers must wear face coverings while shopping, effective July 20. Masks are available for purchase to shoppers who do not bring their own.
May 4, the wholesale outlet mandated that shoppers wear a mask covering both their nose and mouth at all times, excluding children under the age of 2 or people unable to wear a mask because of a medical condition.
Jon Roberts, chief operating officer of CVS Health, said on July 16 that the drugstore chain would require all customers to wear face coverings while shopping in-store, effective July 20. “To be clear, we’re not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer,” Mr. Roberts said in a statement. “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.”
The clothing retailer, which operates its namesake brand Gap as well as Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic, Intermix and Janie and Jack, said on July 20 that customers must wear masks in all of its stores in North America, effective Aug. 1. The company will provide disposable masks to patrons who need them.
July 3 that all H-E-B stores would mandate the use of masks or facial coverings, except for children and people with health-related issues that prevent mask usage. “We are here for all Texans and we take our role to protect public safety seriously,” Martin Otto, H-E-B’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.
The largest home-improvement retailer in the United States announced on July 17 that patrons will have to wear face coverings inside all its stores starting on July 22. Small children or those with a medical condition preventing mask-wearing are exempt from the policy. “Social distancing captains” will provide masks to shoppers who do not bring their own, according to a company statement.
On July 22, the retailer, which has 840 locations, said that it would require all customers to wear masks while shopping, effective July 24.
The department store company began requiring shoppers to wear face coverings at its more than 1,100 stores nationwide on July 20. The retailer, based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., announced its mask mandate on July 15.
July 15 that all customers in all locations must wear a mask when shopping. Small children are exempt from the policy. The company asks customers who are unable to wear a facial covering for medical reasons to use curbside pickup or delivery services. The policy goes into effect on July 22.
The home improvement company said on July 17 that shoppers have to wear masks or facial coverings in Lowe’s stores nationwide starting on July 20. The company is offering free masks to customers while supplies last.