Walmart announced on Wednesday it will be required that all customers wear a mask to shop in any of there Walmart or Sams club stores across the U.S. starting July 2o.
The nation's biggest retailer is making masks required because coronavirus cases have surged in lots of states including Texas, California, and Florida.
Walmart also said that almost sixty-five percent of there stores are located in areas were masks are already mandated by the government
Walmart has also made a health ambassador position for all of there stores and they will be placed at the entrance of the store to remind people of the new policy. The ambassadors will receive special training and be identifiable by black polo shirts.
According to CNN
Walmart will require customers at all of its US stores to wear masks beginning next week, becoming the largest retailer to mandate facial coverings as coronavirus cases continue to rise.Other national chains have made similar moves. Starbucks (SBUX)said last week that it will require customers to wear facial coverings or masks in all 9,000 of its company-owned US stores beginning Wednesday. Best Buy (BBY) announced Tuesday that it will also require all shoppers coming into its approximately 1,000 stores to wear face masks. Costco (COST) began requiring its members to wear masks in stores beginning in May.About 65% of Walmart's more than 5,000 stores, including its Sam's Club locations, are located in areas where there is a government mandate on face coverings."To help bring consistency across stores and clubs, we will require all shoppers to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20," Walmart US chief operating officer Dacona Smith and Sam's Club chief operating officer Lance De La Rosa said in a blog post Wednesday. "This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols."