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The Business Roundtable (BRT), the association of CEOs from major U.S. corporations, called on Friday for every company to mandate the use of face coverings. 

The announcement follows policy changes from Walmart, Target, CVS Health, Best Buy and Kroger this week that require customers to wear masks in stores nationwide. The National Retail Federation also encouraged other chains to adopt similar policies.

“One of the most effective things we can all do to protect public health and the economy is to wear face coverings in public settings, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Business Roundtable applauds the many companies that are protecting their employees and customers by mandating the use of face coverings indoors consistent with CDC guidelines,” BRT said in a statement on Friday.

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon serves as BRT chairman. Other members include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson. 

“We encourage every company to adopt this practice and hope that all Americans will adopt the use of face coverings to protect their families, friends, neighbors, and our economy,” BRT said. 

Other companies that require masks in stores nationwide include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Apple, Costco and Panera Bread. Chains are releasing the new policies as coronavirus cases surge in various states including Texas, California and Florida.

“Rising infection rates around the country are putting public health and our economy at grave risk. Failure to bring the pandemic under control will have devastating, long-term consequences for millions of Americans,” BRT said.

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