National Retail Federation calls for stores to set nationwide mask mandate

National Retail Federation calls for stores to set nationwide mask mandate
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The National Retail Federation (NRF) is encouraging all retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face coverings.

In a statement on Wednesday, the group applauded companies that have already mandated a nationwide mask policy, including Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Apple, Qurate Retail Group and Costco.

“Shopping in a store is a privilege, not a right. If a customer refuses to adhere to store policies, they are putting employees and other customers at undue risk,” NRF said in a statement.


The news comes on the heels of Walmart’s announcement on Wednesday that it will require shoppers to wear a face covering starting July 20 in all stores and clubs across the U.S.

“We hope today’s announcement by Walmart — the world’s largest retailer — that it will be enforcing a policy requiring customers to wear a mask to shop in their stores is a tipping point in this public health debate,” NRF said.

NRF, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and others called for a national standard for states on requiring mask wearing on July 2.

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