Best Buy announced this week it will require all customers to wear face coverings inside its stores starting Wednesday as parts of the country see a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The consumer electronics company said in a statement on Tuesday it will implement the nationwide mandate in efforts to “help protect not only our shoppers and communities, but also the tens of thousands of Best Buy employees working to serve our customers each day” amid the ongoing pandemic.
Under the mandate, the company said it will be providing in-store shoppers with face coverings and will make an exception for children and those unable to wear a mask for health reasons.
“Any customer who has a concern about wearing a mask will be able to shop Best Buy via our website and app and choose home delivery or contactless curbside pickup, which remains in place at all our stores,” the company added.
“Although the risk of infection cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is community spread of COVID-19, we’re grateful to our customers and employees for working together to do what we can to keep us all safe,” the company continued.
Best Buy follows a number of other major retailers that have issued similar mandates. The latest Johns Hopkins University data shows the coronavirus has infected millions in the country over the past few months and killed more than 136,000.
Walmart, the largest retailer in the country, on Wednesday announced it would require all of its shoppers to wear face coverings at its stores starting this week.
The National Retail Federation has called on all retailers to issue similar mandates at their stores requiring face coverings.
“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,” the group said Wednesday.