ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – On Monday, Walmart began requiring customers to wear a mask when entering and shopping at its stores.
The requirement comes months after Costco, one of the first large retailers, announced it would require masks for customers in all of its stores. The policy went into effect in early May.
Early Monday morning, Channel 2 posted on social media to ask Alaskans what they thought of the requirement.
Walmart said 65% of its stores are already located in areas where the government has a face mask mandate.
Walmart will have a dedicated employee to enforce company requirements at store entrances.
“The ambassadors, identified by their black polo shirts, will work with customers who show up to a store without a face mask to try to find a solution,” the company said. “We are currently considering different solutions for customers when this requirement takes effect on July 20.”
Walmart isn’t the only store requiring masks for shoppers.
Target, Kroger, the Apple Store, Best Buy, and Starbucks are just a few of the companies that have announced that customers must wear face masks in their businesses.
Here is the timeline of when some large retailers and businesses will start asking customers to wear face masks:
- Walmart / Sam’s Club: July 20
- CVS: July 20
- Kroger (owns Fred Meyer): July 22
- Target: August 1
- Starbucks: the requirement is already in effect
- Best Buy: the requirement is already in effect
- Costco Wholesale Club: the requirement is already in effect
- Apple: the requirement is already in effect
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