Menards issues COVID-19 mask requirement to Customers ahead of May 1st

Costco, Kroger make changes ahead of May 1st


BRADLEY – Governor Pritzker’s revised stay-at-home order begins on Friday.  

While the order states wearing masks in public is not optional when in an enclosed group setting, some stores have already begun instituting their policies this week for shoppers, including Menards in Bradley.

“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a mask or face covering is required when shopping at Menards.” The company put out in a statement to customers greeting entrance ways this week.

The new policies are added on top of those made in early April, including adjusted store hours and the prevention of those under the age of 16 as well as pets from shopping at their store during the pandemic.

Menards has backed it’s new policy by offering masks to shoppers for a dollar to comply and will be available at the service desk. Otherwise, shoppers are recommended to use a mask, scarf or bandanna to comply with the new store policy.

The company has 20 stores in the Chicagoland area, with 350 across the midwest.

“Thank you for keeping us all safe!” the notice says.

Yesterday, Costco announced a similar measure for their customers ages 2 and up and is only allowing two people to enter a store, per membership card at their locations beginning May 4th. Our nearest Costcos are in Orland Park, Bolingbrook, and Merrillville, IN.

Kroger, who began providing masks to all workers in early April, announced it will institute a mandatory face mask policy beginning this week. This after complaints arose locally from customers and employees telling Country Herald the corporate-wide mask announcement originally made was considered ‘optional’ to workers. That informal approach to public health is no longer allowed by the company.

Kroger has yet to institute a customer policy but is expected to do so, at least in Illinois, beginning May 1st.


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