UPDATE 1-Walmart becomes biggest company to mandate customers wear masks

更新1-沃尔玛成为强制顾客戴口罩的最大公司

2020/07/16 00:20  Reuters

(Adds statement from NRF)

July 15 (Reuters) - Shoppers at Walmart Inc WMT.N stores will have to wear face coverings, the world&aposs largest retailer said on Wednesday, mandating what is widely seen as an effective measure to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

As coronavirus infections spike in many states across the country, face masks have become the leading recommendation from health experts and government officials looking to control the pandemic, while reopening the economy.

Walmart said about 65% of its over 5,000 U.S. stores, including its wholesale Sam&aposs Club outlets, are located in areas where there is already some form of government mandate on face coverings. Its new policy will now apply to all stores starting Monday.

Trade group National Retail Federation (NRF) on Wednesday pushed for retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear masks, and hoped Walmart&aposs decision would galvanize other companies to take similar action.

Best Buy Co Inc BBY.N and Starbucks Corp SBUX.O have already mandated face masks at their U.S. outlets.

While many retailers have recommended masks for months, they were hesitant to make it a requirement, for fear of antagonizing shoppers, with numerous videos posted online on confrontations between customers and employees.

But with more than 136,000 COVID-19 related deaths in the United States and some states at risk of going back into lockdown, the ground has shifted.

"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," the NRF said.

Walmart said employees stationed at the entrance of its own and Sam&aposs Club stores will remind customers of its new policy.

(添加来自NRF的声明)

路透7月15日电-全球最大的零售商沃尔玛(Walmart Inc)周三表示,WMT.N门店的购物者将不得不戴上面罩,这项措施被广泛视为控制新型冠状病毒传播的有效措施。

随着冠状病毒感染在全国许多州激增,口罩已经成为健康专家和政府官员的主要建议,他们希望在重新开放经济的同时控制疫情。

沃尔玛表示,其在美国的5000多家门店中,包括其批发的Sam&aposs Club门店,约65%位于已经有某种形式的政府强制要求使用面罩的地区。从周一开始,其新政策将适用于所有商店。

行业组织全国零售联合会(NRF)周三推动零售商在全国范围内采取要求顾客戴口罩的政策,并希望沃尔玛&aposs的决定能刺激其他公司采取类似行动。

百思买(Best Buy Co Inc)BBY.N和星巴克(Starbucks Corp SBUX.O)已经在其美国门店强制要求戴口罩。

虽然许多零售商几个月来一直在推荐口罩,但由于担心激怒购物者,他们在是否将其作为一项要求方面犹豫不决,网上发布了大量关于顾客和员工对抗的视频。

但随着美国超过136,000名与新冠肺炎有关的死亡人数,以及一些州面临重新封锁的风险,情况已经发生了变化。

NRF表示:“在商店购物是一种特权,而不是一种权利。如果顾客拒绝遵守商店政策,他们就会将员工和其他顾客置于不应有的风险中。”

沃尔玛表示,驻扎在自有门店和Sam&aposs Club门店入口处的员工将提醒顾客注意其新政策。

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