“In accordance with public health guidelines, masks are not mandatory for customers who cannot wear one for medical reasons,” Loblaw said in a statement. “We are confident that our customers will abide by this policy and do all they can to ensure the safety of their fellow buyers and our store teams. ”
Whole Foods customers in British Columbia are now also required to wear masks or similar face masks when shopping. The policy went into effect Tuesday. The grocery chain previously announced in May that workers would be required to wear face masks, but that customers “request” to wear masks when shopping.
Other large retail chains have mandatory mask policies in place. As of August 12, Walmart staff and shoppers across Canada are required to wear face masks or face masks inside stores.
In a statement to CTV News, a spokesperson for Walmart Canada said more than 60% of the chain’s 400 Canadian stores already needed a face mask due to local government health orders.
With files from CTV News’ Adam Chan on Vancouver Island