With the country reaching record highs in new coronavirus cases, many state, city and county governments are ordering that people wear masks when out and about. That’s in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that face coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  That is still a very debatable subject.

Some of America’s biggest retail companies have taken the same tack, requiring face masks in stores for shoppers as well as staff, whether or not local rules are in place.

Among the 40 largest retailers in the U.S., as ranked by the National Retail Federation (NRF) on the basis of sales, most require public-facing employees to don masks while on duty, according to an AARP review of their websites’ coronavirus sections.

Eight of those companies have extended the rule to all customers chain-wide (as opposed to just in states or communities that have made mask wearing in public mandatory). Another 11 directly request or recommend that patrons cover their faces while shopping. In most cases the store numbers below are from the NRF, as of 2019.

Here is the list of the eight companies.

Apple Store
Dollar Tree

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Christina Pansy
Christina Pansy
2 years ago

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask. As businesses reopen, many are requiring shoppers and employees to wear a face mask. With the advent of the so-called COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a number of medical practices that have little or no scientific support as regards reducing the spread of this infection. One of… Read more »