A List of stores requiring masks

As you are out an about doing your regular every day shopping you should know what stores require masks before you get there.

Some stores are distributing FREE masks. The full list of participating stores is available here.

Apple

In May, Apple announced that for the retail stores that are now reopened, “face coverings will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own.”

Best Buy

Best Buy issued their own mask policy on Tuesday. The requirement to wear a face-covering inside the store began on July 15. “We will provide a face covering if a customer doesn’t have one, and small children and those unable to wear one for health reasons may enter without one,” the company’s statement read. “Any customer who has a concern about wearing a mask will be able to shop Best Buy via our website and app and choose home delivery or contactless curbside pickup, which remains in place at all our stores.”

Costco

Costco was one of the first retailers to issue a blanket requirement for face coverings. Their site reads: “To protect our members and employees, all Costco members and guests must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition.”

CVS

CVS will require customers to wear masks at all stores across the country starting Monday, July 20.

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree’s July 8 update to their coronavirus policy says, “In accordance with guidelines from the CDC, we are requiring all Associates, customers, and vendors to wear cloth face coverings when inside our stores.”

Harmons Grocery 

Already effective in our Salt Lake County stores and took effect on July 5, 2020, at all other locations, anyone entering a Harmons store will now be required to wear a mask.

Kroger’s grocery store chain (Smith’s)

“As an employer, grocery provider and community partner, we have a responsibility to help keep our associates, customers and communities safe. According to the CDC, wearing a facial covering, combined with social distancing and frequent handwashing, has been scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Howard explained. “Starting July 22, we will require all customers in all locations to wear a mask when shopping in our stores, joining our associates who continue to wear masks.”

Kohl’s

Beginning Monday, July 20, the company will require all customers to wear a face covering while shopping in its stores.

Starbucks

On July 9, Starbucks updated its face mask policy so that “beginning on July 15, it will be requiring customers to wear facial coverings while visiting all company-owned café locations in the US.”

Target

Target has joined a list of the nation’s largest retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike. The policy will go into effect Aug. 1. More than 80% of Target’s 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s policy reads: “We request all customers wear a face covering while shopping in our stores.”

Verizon

“For the safety of our customers and employees, we require customers to wear cloth face coverings when visiting our stores,” Verizon’s policy states.

Walmart

Walmart (and subsidiary Sam’s Club) issued a statement on Wednesday with their new policy, which will take effect on Monday, July 20.

“While we’re 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,” said Dacona Smith, Walmart’s COO and Lance de la Rosa, Sam’s Club’s COO, in the joint statement. Walmart is now the largest retailer to require masks. Walmart is also taking the extra step of creating the role of “health ambassador,” employees in “black polo shirts” who will be stationed near the store’s entrance to remind customers of the need for a mask and to help those without one. The health ambassadors will receive special training to “help make the process as smooth as possible for customers” — alluding to the recent spate of public conflicts with consumers unwilling to wear masks inside.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods’ mask policy states: “We are requesting that all customers wear masks while shopping in our stores to protect the health and safety of our team members and communities. Whole Foods Market will be providing face masks at the entrance of all stores for customers who do not have their own face covering. Stores will continue to follow local ordinances regarding personal protective equipment.”

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