You Can No Longer Shop at These Popular Stores Without a Face Mask
More retail giants are making masks mandatory for anyone who steps foot in their stores.
Since April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been urging everyone across the country to wear face coverings in public to help stem the spread of COVID-19. But in recent weeks, with the coronavirus spiking all over the U.S., a number of national retail giants started getting more serious. Stores like CVS and Walmart are now requiring all shoppers to wear face coverings, whether the state the store is located in mandates masks or not. To find out where you can't shop without a mask now, read on. And for more on masks, check out 7 Celebrities Who've Urged Their Fans to Wear Masks.
Target is starting mandatory mask-wearing on August 1, the retailer confirmed to USA Today, though the mandate will exclude "those with underlying medical conditions and young children." Target will also provide disposable masks at store entrances to anyone who doesn't have a face covering. And for more on the states where masks are required, check out These 4 States Just Made Face Masks Mandatory.
Starting Monday, you can't enter a CVS in the U.S. without a mask. "With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," the company said in a statement.
Another fellow drugstore giant recently announced that they would each start requiring masks on July 20, too. "Walgreens is expanding requirements for customers to wear face covers while in stores across all Walgreens locations chainwide," they said in a statement. And for more on why a face shield won't do, check out You Should Not Be Wearing One of These Instead of a Face Mask, CDC Warns.
Due to statewide requirements, Kohl's says 70 percent of their stores have face-covering mandates. But this week, they're bringing that number up to 100. "We've made the decision to take a consistent approach across our entire store fleet," Kohl's said in a statement. "Beginning Monday, July 20, we will require all customers to wear a face-covering while shopping in our stores."
On Wednesday, the world's largest retail chain announced that it would be requiring all shoppers to wear masks in both Walmart and Sam's Club stores nationwide. This followed the same policy that had been put in place for weeks by Costco and Whole Foods, who were among the first national chains to require all shoppers to cover their mouths and noses. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.