Several national retailers said they would continue to require masks to be used in their stores, even if Texas and some other states removed the requirement for masks.
Lone Star and the states of Mississippi announced on Tuesday that they will end requirements for masks in public places, saying that with fewer COVID-19 cases across the country, they will allow businesses to 100% reopen their doors.
While public health officials have warned that the flu pandemic is not over and that easing restrictions are jeopardizing the country’s recovery, other countries have taken similar steps.
Leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has criticized these states for repealing mask rules, describing the decision as “inexplicable” and “unwise”.
While these states don’t require residents to wear masks, at least for now, many national stores still require all customers to wear masks.
Here’s a list of the best retailers that continue to implement mask policies:
A spokesperson for the target company said in a statement on Thursday that the company continues to require its customers and employees to wear face masks or protectors in all of its stores, except for customers and young children with underlying illnesses. As more and more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19, Target continues to require people who have been vaccinated to wear masks and meet all social distance guidelines.
Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, said in a statement Thursday that it will continue to require everyone in its stores to wear a mask so that “all employees on the frontline of supermarkets can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.” The company also has stores under a variety of names, including King Soopers, Ralphs, and Dillons. He also called on federal, state and local officials to prioritize supermarket employees in vaccine delivery plans.
In a statement on Thursday, CVS said that, according to federal public health recommendations, a face-covering policy remains in effect in all pharmacies across the country. The company said, “If the customer is not wearing a muzzle or face shield, we will bring them up to our standards and ask them to protect themselves and those around them by listening to calls from experts and wearing masks.”
Like CVS, pharmacy chain Walgreens said its ban policy will not change. Team members and clients are still required to wear masks unless it is harmful to the patient’s health or is less than 2 years old. “We’ve all put house numbers on our stores’ public address systems and are running ads to remind customers to cover their faces,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
ALDI, a supermarket chain with locations in Texas and Mississippi, said it does not currently plan to change its security measures. A company spokesperson said in a statement, “To maintain the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve and to protect our employees, we will follow current national policies, which require all employees and customers to wear masks. purchase. story. ”
Starbucks will continue to implement mask requirements for its employees and customers. The spokesman said in a statement that the coffee company will “continue to make decisions based on facts and science and are committed to complying with or exceeding public health regulations.”
Reports from USA Today, Bloomberg and CBS News show that other companies such as Best Buy, Cole and Macy’s are also continuing to fulfill mask orders. We’ve contacted them to confirm them and are waiting for a response.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to require Americans to cover themselves in public places to prevent the spread of the new Corona virus and prevent more cases. Click here for more information about masks.