Walmart will require customers to wear masks in every one of its stores in the United States in the midst of the CCP virus pandemic, following similar decisions made by Costco, Starbucks, and Best Buy in recent days.
Walmart CEO Dacona Smith said that the measure will go into effect starting July 20, saying that employees will be placed near store entrances to “remind those without a mask of the new requirements.”
The employees, dubbed “health ambassadors,” will get “special training to help make the process as smooth as possible for customers,” according to his statement. “The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirt, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution. We are currently considering different solutions for customers when this requirement takes effect on July 20.”
“While were certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” Smith said in the announcement. This applies to Sams Club, Walmarts membership-based warehouse.
All stores will have a single entrance to ensure the policy is enforced, the Arkansas-based retailer added.
“We know it may not be possible for everyone to wear a face covering. Our associates will be trained on those exceptions to help reduce friction for the shopper and make the process as easy as possible for everyone,” Smith continued.
His statement noted that a customer “either brings a mask or readily complies with the requirement” before entering stores.
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