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Many national retailers are requiring masks

By Crystal Staley/Sebastian Kitchen

In his Friday announcements, Governor Beshear highlighted many national retailers and small businesses that are now requiring customers to wear masks while shopping to protect the health and safety of all customers and staff members.

Kroger, an invaluable partner in the commonwealth's testing efforts, announced their decision on Wednesday.

"We fully support the executive order from last week here in Kentucky, and have been working closely with our store teams to take every reasonable effort to ensure customer and associate compliance," said Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager Erin Grant. "We remain committed to continually evaluating our preventive measures to help protect the safety and health of associates, customers and communities."

Kroger joins many other national retailers now requiring masks in all stores, including: American Eagle and Aerie, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco, CVS, Harris Teeter, H-E-B, Kohl's, Menards, Publix, Sam's Club, Starbucks, Target, Verizon, Walgreens and Walmart, the world's largest retailer. Trader Joe's also requests that all customers wear face masks; Whole Foods requests that customers wear masks and provides masks at their entrances for those who do not have one.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association encouraged more statewide mask requirements in a July 6 letter to the National Governors Association: "We encourage every governor to require customers who are not encumbered by a medical condition to wear masks when shopping or in public places."

In a July 2 letter to the Trump Administration and National Governors Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, American Council of Life Insurers, Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and the Council of Manufacturing Associations asked that, "For the sake of public health and our economy, we request that the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the National Governors Association work together to establish guidance on the appropriate metrics (e.g. positive tests, hospitalizations) for imposing location-based mandatory mask requirements in all public spaces; and develop model mandatory mask policies that are simple and do not impose the enforcement burden on organizations without such expertise, such as businesses and non-profits." To read the full letter, click here.

In addition to national retailers, many local business owners support Gov. Beshear's mask requirement, and have expressed relief that it might help keep their doors open by curbing an increase in COVID-19 cases in Kentucky and across the United States.

This story was posted on 2020-07-18 02:50:58
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