While mask requirements differ from state to state, several retailers are making them mandatory in all off their stores nationwide.

Here in Michigan, masks became mandatory last week, and Meijer is backing that up, requiring mask starting Monday, July 20.

Meijer shared on Twitter that masks must be worn at any Meijer store or Meijer Express location throughout the six states in which they operate, unless customers have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings.

Meijer joins the below retailers that are requiring face masks:

  • Target (effective August 1)
  • Kohl's (effective July 20)
  • Best Buy (effective as of July 15)
  • Sam's Club and Walmart (effective July 20)
  • Starbucks (effective as of July 15)
  • Menards (effective as of May 4)
  • Costco (effective as of May 4)
  • Kroger (effective July 22)
  • CVS (effective July 20)

Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

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