Starting July 20, Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks while shopping.
The nation’s largest retailer, which has more than 5,000 stores nationwide, made an announcement Wednesday requiring masks at all Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“To best serve our communities and protect the health and safety of our shoppers and associates, face coverings will be required in all stores beginning Monday, July 20,” reads a joint statement issued by Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Complimentary masks will be provided to shoppers, and they will also be available for purchase.
In a statement, the company said it was adding a new job title called a “health ambassador,” who will be stationed next to the single front entrance and will remind customers of the new regulation.
Walmart executives acknowledged it may not be possible for every shopper to wear a face covering.
“Our associates will be trained on those exceptions to help reduce friction for the shopper and make the process as easy as possible for everyone,” the statement reads.
Walmart is not the only company that is requiring customers to wear masks. Other major retailers include Starbucks, Best Buy and Costco.
“We know some people have differing opinions on this topic,” the statement reads. “We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).”