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


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.


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。


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。


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。




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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