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    Face Mask U-turn: Walmart, Home Depot, Walgreens and CVS Among Stores Saying They WILL Serve

    Face mask U-turn: Walmart, Home Depot, Walgreens and CVS are among stores saying they WILL serve customers who don't wear masks despite announcing face coverings were mandatory.



    - Major U.S. retailers brought in rules requiring masks to be worn by customers
    - However, the rules appear to be little more than a suggestion with stores powerless to deal with those who refuse
    - The requirement for customers to wear facial coverings have sometimes brought violent reactions from some patrons who have refused to comply
    - Companies that had previously announced a 'mask-on' policy now say they won't challenge customers who refuse to wear them and police will also not be called
    - Retailers are trying to walk a fine line between enforcement and friendly service
    - Some stores have stated that if a customer refuses to comply they will be served quickly and encouraged to order online to avoid future encounters



    Days after announcing customers are required to wear face masks while shopping in their stores, major U.S. retailers appear to be showing leniency in how the rules are enforced.

    Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walgreens and CVS had initially required shoppers to wear masks but now in the hope of avoiding confrontations between angry customers and employees it appears to be little more than a suggestion, rather than a legally enforceable instruction.

    Having retailers take on the role of the 'mask police' puts them in an uncomfortable position at a time when many shops are in no position financially to refuse business.


    Because there is no requirement federally or legally across the country to wear a mask, and with many states having been lax in creating policies insisting residents wear them in shops, retailers are on their own when it comes to enforcing the policy.


    As the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise in many states, there is concern over how best to protect customers and workers from infecting one another.

    'Many retailers feel like they have to act since some governors haven't,' said Melissa Murdock, spokesperson for the Retail Industry Leaders Association to CNN.

    The group has been lobbying governors to require masks be worn in all 50 states but in the meantime, it will fall to individual stores to implement their policy.


    'If companies are not requiring customers to wear a mask within their store, then they never had a requirement. All they had was a public relations stunt.'

    In recent weeks, so-called 'anti-maskers' have triggered violent incidents at stores and restaurants that have requested customers wear them.

    In May, a security guard working at a Family Dollar store in Michigan was shot and killed after he told a customer to wear a mask.

    There have also been dozens of videos of confrontations between angry customers and clerks in stores clashing over the rules.

    Walmart, the largest retailer in the country, has said that it intends to place employees called 'health ambassadors' at the entrance to stores reminding shoppers to wear a mask as they are walking in.

    However, if customers refuse and also decline the offer of a free mask being given to them, the staff members are instructed to let the customers walk into the store and notify management 'so that they can determine the next steps.'

    A corporate video instructs ambassadors never to engage with a customer physically or try to block their entrance into the store.

    'With every requirement there are exceptions that have been established to avoid escalating the situation and putting our associates in harm's way. Our goal is to keep associates from a physical confrontation in the stores,' a Walmart representative said. '


    Small children and those suffering from health conditions will be exempt from wearing masks.

    Lowe's home improvement chain is also requesting customers wear masks and is providing free masks to those who need them.

    'We will not ask our associates to put their safety at risk by confronting customers about wearing masks,' a Lowe's representative said.

    At Home Depot, a requirement to wear masks will also not be challenged by staff by those who don't.

    CVS has asked for its customers to 'cooperate' with the mask-on policy.

    'In the event of non-compliance, for safety reasons, we have asked our employees to avoid escalated confrontations with non-compliant customers, and to instead help them complete their purchases as quickly as possible while providing information about other options we have available for their future needs, including free home delivery for prescriptions and our drive-thru window service,' a company rep said to DailyMail.com.

    Some retailers have hired of private security guards to help enforce store policy but there are varying responses from firms over whether they will call the police to deal with those who break the new rules.

    CVS and Home Depot have stated they would not call police if a customer decides not to wear a mask. At the Home Depot a representative noted that if the customer 'becomes combative or habitually refuses to comply, we'll take further action to prevent them from entering our stores.'

    Walmart too, said they wouldn't rule out calling the police on 'customers who become belligerent' when it comes to enforcing the mask policy.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been consistent about recommending people cover their mouth and nose when around others to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. But at the beginning of the lockdowns, it had discouraged people who were not sick from buying masks for fear of taking away what was then a limited supply for health care workers.


    A growing list of U.S. retailers and grocers are asking shoppers at their stores to wear face coverings, a widely accepted protective measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

    The latest store policy comes as U.S. states are conflicted over making masks compulsory, with some governors even suspending local face-mask regulations.

    AMAZON / WHOLE FOODS

    Its Whole Foods Market and Amazon stores will require customers to wear face coverings beginning July 20.

    APPLE

    The iPhone maker said in May it would require customers to wear face coverings in most places around the world.

    BED BATH & BEYOND

    The requirement to wear masks will take effect on July 24 at about 1,500 of its stores across North America.

    BEST BUY

    The electronics retailer imposed the rule on July 15 and said, it would provide a face covering if a customer did not have one.

    COSTCO

    The company implemented a mandatory mask policy for its members and guests in May, exempting children under the age of 2 and individuals unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition.

    CVS

    The pharmacy chain will implement the rule at its stores from July 20, but said it was not asking its employees to act as enforcers.

    Gap

    The apparel retailer said masks will be required for all customers at its Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Intermix and Janie and Jack stores in North America , effective August 1.

    HOME DEPOT

    The home improvement chain said it requires customers wear masks while inside its U.S. stores, starting July 22.

    KOHL'S

    The department store chain, which started reopening stores only a few weeks back, will make masks a requirement across stores starting July 20.

    KROGER

    The grocer will require the use of face masks at all its locations from July 22.

    LOWE'S

    The home improvement retailer is adopting a nationwide standard starting July 20, and will offer free masks while supplies last.

    STARBUCKS

    The world's largest coffee chain made it mandatory to wear masks at all its company-owned cafes in the United States on July 15.

    TARGET

    The retailer's mask policy will be effective from August 1, with an exception for those with underlying medical conditions and young children.

    WALGREENS

    The company, which will apply the rule starting July 20, said it will add store signage and intercom messages to remind shoppers to wear masks.

    WALMART

    The world's largest retailer said about 65% of its over 5,000 U.S. stores, including its wholesale Sam's Club outlets, were in areas where there was already some form of government mandate on face coverings. Its new policy will now apply to all stores.




    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ear-masks.html
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    The article sounds like a lot of double-talk to me. Unless more people take a stand and begin fighting back.


    - Masks cause Oxygen Deprivation, and from what I understand, which along with Common Core, deadens brain cells.

    - This whole "plandemic" would have been over long ago had herd immunity taken place - instead, government/media unnecessarily prolonged it.

    - If you are that ill, or that "at risk", either stay home, or go to the hospital and let your private physician decide what's best. Because, government has NO business in healthcare.

    - Lobbyists should be outlawed. They have no right to profit off of tax-payers. Wasn't TARP, and Cash for Clunkers, ENOUGH? And here we have Trump "awarding" companies [with ties to Bill Gates] BILLIONS of tax-payer dollars.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    Read the RPF trolls' playbook here (post #3)

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    Double-talk indeed.

    All I see is that they are hedging their bets on liability for the next time an employee has a dust-up with an angry patron.

    It looks to me that all legal remedies are still on the table for non-conformers......cops, trespass order, etc.

    I'm still not going to violate their policies....

    They can get by without my business until their policy changes.

    All this does is shift the confrontation from the employees to the Karens.

    And the police WILL be called.

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    They give in pretty quickly the second you tell them you are taking your business elsewhere. They are hoping the threat to not be able to shop there is enough to dissuade people from entering maskless.

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    Home Depot and Walgreens did not challenge me for not wearing a mask despite large signs posted at the doors.

    I have heard from people I know that Walmart has greeters enforcing the mask rule and refusing entry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    The article sounds like a lot of double-talk to me. Unless more people take a stand and begin fighting back.


    - Masks cause Oxygen Deprivation, and from what I understand, which along with Common Core, deadens brain cells.

    - This whole "plandemic" would have been over long ago had herd immunity taken place - instead, government/media unnecessarily prolonged it.

    - If you are that ill, or that "at risk", either stay home, or go to the hospital and let your private physician decide what's best. Because, government has NO business in healthcare.

    - Lobbyists should be outlawed. They have no right to profit off of tax-payers. Wasn't TARP, and Cash for Clunkers, ENOUGH? And here we have Trump "awarding" companies [with ties to Bill Gates] BILLIONS of tax-payer dollars.
    Masks doesn't really cause oxygen deprivation to the vast majority of people doing every day activity. You inhale way more 02 than you need that even a minor obstruction does little to your 02 levels in the blood. Try putting a mask on and have one of those pulse ox to check your 02 levels, you can wear a surgical mask for hours and it will not affect your 02 levels.

    At rest and at normal activity levels, your respiratory system is sufficiently oxygenated that it has excess room to operated even with diminished levels of 02. Now I wouldn't say the same if you were working out/exerting yourself with activities.

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    My gym mandated masks on Tuesday last week, only exception is when you're in the middle of a work out.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    I can already see it now - "Please Uncle Sugar, help us! These evil people just won't comply and put their face diapers on! We needs us another lawwwwww!!!!!"

    Then the feds and states will cave and they will put forth more unconstitutional decrees from the mountaintop that All Must Be Diapered to Save the Children.

    It would be fun predicting this $#@! if it were not also destroying liberty.
    Live as well as you can for as long as you can.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    My gym mandated masks on Tuesday last week, only exception is when you're in the middle of a work out.
    Compliance is acceptance.
    Live as well as you can for as long as you can.




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