The retail giant Walmart has decided to make the mask mandatory in all of its stores in the United States from Monday, thus taking a firm position on a subject particularly controversial in the country.
The group comes in the wake of other chain establishments such as Best Buy or Starbucks having set the mask so that the case of COVID-19 resuming an upward trend in the country.
“Approximately 65% of our 5000 stores are already in areas where the local authorities impose in one way or another to cover the face “, note Wednesday, the group in a message blog.
Walmart now wants to apply the same policy in all of its stores.
The group is given a few days before applying the new rule to notify the clients, install signage, and train employees.
The question of wearing a mask has become highly political in the country, some Americans refusing to fly, citing their individual freedoms.
President Donald Trump himself had never worn publicly mask until Saturday, when it appeared the covered face for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic in a hospital near Washington.
In order to avoid tensions, Walmart plans to appoint “ambassadors, identifiable by their polo black,” to address the customers arriving at the store without a mask and try to find a solution.”
“We know that it may not be possible for everyone to wear a cover face. Our associates will be trained on these exceptions to help reduce friction with the client and make the process as simple as possible for everyone, ” notes Walmart.
In the stores, Sam’s Club, the company, the entrance of which is reserved to the members, Walmart will provide a free mask to customers not not.
“We know that some people have differing opinions on this subject “, acknowledges the group.
“We also recognise the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolution of the directives of health officials “, he adds, however, in thanking his customers for their “understanding” and ” cooperation “.