List of National Retail Chains Requiring Masks Is Growing


NEW YORK CITY, New York (AP) — Target, CVS Health and Publix Super Markets on Thursday joined the growing list of national chains that will require customers to wear face masks regardless of where cities or states stand on the issue.

Target’s mandatory face mask policy will go into effect Aug. 1, and all CVS stores will begin requiring them on Monday. Publix Super Markets Inc., based in Lakeland, Florida, said that its rule will kick in on Tuesday at all 1,200 stores.

More than 80% of Target’s 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations. Target will hand out masks at entrances to those who need them.

The announcements come one day after the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, said that it would mandate face shields for all customers starting Monday.

Starbucks, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Kroger Co. have also announced mandatory masks nationwide in recent days.

Retailers have hesitated to make masks mandatory nationwide out of fear of angering some customers over what, even in a pandemic, has become a political issue.

They have been reluctant to put employees in the position of becoming enforcers. Confrontations with customers and store employees have played out in multiple incidents caught on video.

It was difficult to enforce such rules even in states that mandate face masks. However, the recent surge of new virus cases — particularly in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona — has left them with no choice, retail experts say.

“To be clear, we’re not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer, ” said Jon Roberts, the chief operating officer at CVS. “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.”

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Anne D’Innocenzio is a reporter for The Associated Press.

About the Headline Photo: In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a customer wearing a mask carries his purchases as he leaves a Target store during the coronavirus pandemic in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Target has joined a growing list of major retailers that will require customers at all their stores to wear face coverings. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based discounter said Thursday, July 16, that the policy will go into effect Aug. 1.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)







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3 Thoughts to “List of National Retail Chains Requiring Masks Is Growing”

  1. John

    Supporting mom n pop businesses is a great idea until you need groceries. Unfortunately there are only big box grocery stores in my area. I guess I’m either going to starve or go on a diet because I refuse to wear the mask.

    If someone could post a comprehensive list of all these retailers, that would be great. Nothing more irritating than wanting to go into a store and being told I can’t because I refuse to wear The Mask Of Fear. Not all retailers are making this clear on the website homepage.

  2. David S. Blackwell RN, BSN

    This is a great moment for people to stop shopping at big box stores and support small family owned community merchandising. Let them go bankrupt and shop on Main Street. Spend your money where you are welcomed for being an individual and not a conformist.

    1. Ron Welch

      “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” –John F. Kennedy