Walmart and Sam's Club declared Wednesday that they will begin requiring all clients to wear face masks when shopping at its stores as the coronavirus pandemic furies in the U.S.
"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," Dacona Smith, Walmart's COO and Lance de la Rosa, Sam's Club's COO, said in a joint statement announcing the mandate. Sam's Club is a subsidiary of Walmart.
The retail giants said the order becomes effective on July 20, however, included 65% of their stores are now situated in regions with some type of government command on face masks.
"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," the statement added.
Walmart said they made another job of "Health Ambassador," who will be positioned close to the entrance to help clients without a mask to remember the new prerequisites, and the ambassadors will experience special training to help make the procedure as smooth as workable for clients.
The health representative will likewise work with clients who appear at a store without a face mask to attempt to find a solution, as indicated by Smith.
In the meantime, at Sam's Club, partners at the entrance will help clients without face masks to remember the mask order and complimentary masks will be given if the part doesn't have one, the organization said.
"We know some people have differing opinions on this topic," Smith and De la Rosa added. "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 CDC."
Clinical specialists including the CDC and the World Health Organization have said that wearing face masks assume a significant job in halting the spread of COVID-19 in networks. In the U.S., however, the clinical direction has strangely gotten entangled in a culture war in the midst of the pandemic and masks have even become a flashpoint for confrontations and violence.