Walmart Canada has implemented a mandatory face mask policy in all stores across the country beginning on August 12.
In a statement to Daily Hive, Felicia Fefer Manager with Walmart Canada, said safety continues to be the company’s “number one priority.”
Fefer refers to Health Canada guidelines which state that “when worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.”
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“For this reason, and to help bring more consistency across our store network, starting August 12, 2020, we are now requiring all customers and associates working in any Walmart store not already subject to a local government mandate to wear a mask or face covering in areas of our stores accessible to the public,” said Fefer.
She added that that Walmart Canada will continue to take several health and safety measures in its stores including increased cleaning, temperature checks for all associates, limiting the amount of customers in stores, and installing plexi-glass divers at registers.
“Customers have done a great job following face covering requirements in those jurisdictions where it is mandated by the local government,” stated Fefer, adding that over 60% of Walmart Canada’s 400 stores are in regions of the country where there is already some form of government mandate on face masks in place.
“We trust that customers in the rest of our stores where we are initiating this the policy will respect and follow it and will bring their own face coverings when they shop,” she said.