Walmart will now require all customers to wear non-medical face masks while shopping in-store.
As 65% of their stores and clubs are located in areas with some form of government mandate on face coverings, the retailer has decided to “bring consistency across stores and clubs” by requiring all shoppers across the US to wear a face covering starting Monday, July 20.
“This is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” said an online statement by Dacona Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S., and Lance de la Rosa, Chief Operating Officer, Sam’s Club.
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In addition to posting clear signage at the front of their stores, Walmart will be stationing new Health Ambassadors near entrances to remind those without a mask of the requirements.
“Our ambassadors will receive special training to help make the process as smooth as possible for customers. The ambassadors, identifiable by their black polo shirts, will work with customers who show up at a store without a face covering to try and find a solution.”
Those with medical issues will not be forced to wear a covering — Walmart’s associates will be trained on exceptions to “help reduce friction for the shopper and make the process as easy as possible for everyone.”