Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy all now require masks as of Wednesday


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Walmart, Starbucks and Best Buy all now require masks when visiting one of their stores, as of next Monday. The announcements were made by the various retailers over the course of the last 48 hours.

Menards and Costco were some of the first retailers to require masks in the nation.

The new requirements cover all Walmart locations, Sam’s Clubs, Walmart Supercenters, Starbucks and Best Buy locations.  Walmart has over 180 locations in Illinois.  The mask mandates at Walmart won’t go into effect at Walmart on Monday.

Additional signage will be posted at the front of stores.  Walmart will also create a “health ambassador” to be stationed near the entrance to remind those to wear a mask. 

Traditionally, Walmart greeters are a stereotype among shoppers, generally an elderly person or challenged individual which could be more susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s unknown at this time if that role will be dictated to them, or if a new additional member will be tasked with such a role.

The mask mandate at Starbucks and Best Buy begin today.


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