Walmart and Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, and Kroger grocers can now be added to the list of businesses requiring their customers to wear face coverings, as the U.S. is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
On Wednesday, the nation’s largest retailer said shoppers at Walmart and Sam’s Club will be required to wear a mask or some type of face covering starting Monday, July 20.
In a release, the company said about 65 percent of its stores and clubs are located in areas where there are some type of government face covering mandates in place.
Just hours after Walmart made the same decision, Kroger announced it will require all customers at all of its locations to wear a mask starting July 22. Kroger owns a wide range of grocery stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, Smith’s, King Soopers, Fry’s, QFC, City Market, Owen’s, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Pick ‘n Save, Copps, Metro Market and Mariano’s.
Kroger cited the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, adding that the company is, “committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus.”
Kohl’s will also require its customers to wear face coverings starting on Monday, July 20. The retail store chain said it considers the health and safety of its customers a top priority.
The company said as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, face-covering mandates have grown to apply to about 70% of its store base, therefore they made the decision to take a consistent approach across its entire store fleet.
The CDC recommends that people wear face coverings while in public, especially when it is difficult to maintain social distancing. The agency says wearing a mask can help prevent people who have COVID-19, and may not know it, from spreading the virus to others.