Walmart, other retailers begin needing masks this week

Orlando, Fla. As a new week begins, more major retailers will require face coverings to customers.

What do you want to know

  • Walmart, Lowes, Walgren Monday among retailers require masks
  • Retailers: Hodgepodge of illusionary local mask orders
  • Southeastern grocers masking not mandatory, “undue friction”

Walmart’s mandate in stores with its name and Sam’s Club starting Monday, such as the mask mandate at Lowes, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kohl’s, Walgreens and CVS.

A face covering order begins at Publix supermarket on Tuesday. Orders at Kroger stores and Home Depot begin Wednesday.

Aldi’s policy begins July 27. Target’s policy does not begin until 1 August.

In cases occurring in many states, many retailers have begun to require face coverings. The Retail Industry Leaders Association released a letter last week, sending state governors saying that masked mandates are needed and that attraction to requirements across the country is causing confusion.

“Without government leadership, a small, but meaningful, segment of customers will continue to defy private sector warnings, placing themselves and others in harm’s way without masks or face covers,” the letter said. Major companies including Auto Zone, Best Buy, Dollar Tree, Gap, IKEA, Petco and PetSmart signed by CEO of 21.

The National Governors Association said that its members were discussing it from various retail groups like letters and others.

Another CEO to sign the letter was Anthony Hucker, who runs southeastern grocers, including Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo and Harvey. However, a spokesperson for southeastern Grocers told Spectrum News on Thursday that it would not require face coverings in the store, except where local mandates are required.

“Currently, we are following all local security mandates within each of our stores and are strongly encouraging those who are able to cover the face to do so. We are able to protect our customers and others by regulating mask mandates. Do not want to cause undue friction between allies. The statement said, we encourage state officials to lead the way in regulating these types of security mandates.

Other businesses already require masks, including Trader Joes, Apple, Best Buy, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Costco and Starbucks.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.