Retailers in the US are being encouraged to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face masks or coverings, stated the National Retail Federation (NRF). This is being done to protect the health and well-being of customers, associates and partners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We hope the announcement by Walmart – the world’s largest retailer – that it will be enforcing a policy requiring customers to wear a mask to shop in their stores is a tipping point in this public health debate. Workers serving customers should not have to make a critical decision as to whether they should risk exposure to infection or lose their jobs because a minority of people refuse to wear masks in order to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus,” stated NRF.
NRF also applauded companies such as Starbucks, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Apple, Qurate Retail Group and Costco, among others that have implemented nationwide mask mandates.
Since the onset of the pandemic, retailers of all sizes have been on the front lines safely serving customers and supporting their communities. Stores are private businesses that can adopt policies permitted by law for the health and safety of their associates and their customers. Shopping in a store is a privilege, not a right. If a customer refuses to adhere to store policies, they are putting employees and other customers at undue risk.
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