Walmart will now require customers to wear masks in all Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations starting July 20. The brand announced its latest COVID-19 protocol in a company post today. This news follows Starbucks’ announcement that all customers must wear masks in their cafes. “As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented,” Walmart wrote in the post. “Currently about 65 percent of our more than 5,000 stores and clubs are located in areas where there is some form of government mandate on face coverings.” The company decided to implement this sweeping guideline to bring consistency across stores. They also aim to promote the CDC’s findings that wearing a mask and social distancing helps decrease the spread of COVID-19. “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,” Walmart wrote in the post.
Other COVID-19 precautions Walmart and Sam’s Club will carry out in stores includes limiting the number of entrances. There will now only be one entrance per store. Stores will also have signage for masks and a “Health Ambassador” associate at the store’s entrance. This person will spot customers not wearing masks and remind them to wear one. They will also work with customers who refuse to wear a mask to try to find a solution. Sam’s Club members will be provided a complimentary mask if customers don’t have one. Also, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates understand that some individuals simply can't wear a face mask or face covering due to medical reasons. Associates will be trained to help those customers as well. Otherwise, the corporation anticipates customers complying with this new rule. Let’s hope so! “We know some people have differing opinions on this topic. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC,” Walmart wrote in the post. “We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our customers and members in wearing face coverings to protect their safety and the safety of our associates.”View this post on Instagram