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Stores now requiring a face mask? Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Home Depot, Aldi and many more either already mandate it or will in the following days.
Mandatory Face Masks at Walmart, Target, Kohl's & More
Update: Starting this week Aldi began requiring face masks – joining the many other stores on this list. The next to begin will be Target starting August 1.
While stores have been working hard to make our shopping experience as safe as possible, they are now asking that shoppers join them to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The face mask Walmart mandate is just one of the latest in a list of recent press releases.
This past week many retailers nationwide began to require wearing face masks while shopping in stores. Here's a list of all the stores where you need to wear a face mask (And check our post here for the 10 best reusable face masks for your family!)
NOTE: Keep in mind that most of these retailers are NOT requiring very young children to wear masks, nor are they requiring those who have a medical condition that prevents it. You'll want to check with each store's policy if this applies to your family.
Store Requiring Face Masks
These retailers are already requiring shoppers to wear face masks:
- Walmart (Readers have commented that employees are handing out masks to those who don't have one)
- Kohls (Masks are available to purchase in store)
- Sam's Club – (Complimentary masks available – or you can purchase masks in the store)
- Home Depot– (Masks will be provided to those who don't have one)
- Aldi (We also highly recommend Aldi Pickup as a cheap way to stay in your cart and shop!)
- Schnuck's Market
- Best Buy
- Family Dollar
- Dollar Tree
- American Eagle
- Whole Foods Market – They will actually give you a free disposable face mask if you don't have one
And these stores will start on the following dates:
While stores are requiring masks – huge retailers like Walmart are also recognizing that there will be certain exceptions that may need to be handled on a case by case basis.
Here's what the Walmart face mask press release said:
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.
Companies like CVS are also clarifying further:
“To be clear, we're not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer. What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering.”
If you are heading into stores to do your back to school shopping soon – don't miss the upcoming 2020 Tax Free Weekends that start this weekend with Alabama!