NEW YORK (AP) – Target is joining the list of the nation’s largest retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike. The policy will go into effect Aug. 1.
More than 80% of Target’s 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations.
Target said Thursday that it will hand out masks at entrances to those who need them.
Shortly after Target’s announcement, Goodwill NCW released that shoppers in all of its 27 retail stores and training centers will also be required to wear masks starting on July 20.
These mandates both follow several other stores including the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, which announced earlier this week that masks would be mandatory in all stores starting Monday.
“While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities. According to the CDC, face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face-covering in public and social distance,” Walmart said in a release.