Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will require customers to wear face masks starting Monday, July 20, part of a growing trend of stores making such a decision.
Walmart and Sam’s posted the notice on a corporate blog. The post was signed by Dacona Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S., and Lance de la Rosa, Chief Operating Officer for Sam’s Club.
“As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented. Currently about 65 percent of our more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is some form of 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. This will give us time to inform customers and members of the changes, post signage and train associates on the new protocols.”
Employees stationed at the doors will enforce the rule, the blog said. Sam’s Club said they will provide a mask to a customer without one, or the customer may buy one. The blog says the employees will work with anyone not able to wear a mask.
Starbucks said they began requiring masks as of today.
Best Buy’s website says they also require a mask for shoppers except for small children and people with health reasons.