Target, CVS, Walmart and other retailers require masks at stores

New York: Target and CVS are the latest retailers to announce they too will require shoppers to wear masks or face coverings at stores nationwide.

The announcements come a day after WalmartKroger and Kohl’s announced they would require masks starting next week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. The coronavirus causes the disease COVID-19.

Target’s requirement will start Aug. 1, the Minneapolis-based retailer confirmed to USA TODAY Thursday. It excludes “those with underlying medical conditions and young children.”

For shoppers who do not have masks, Target says stores will provide disposable masks at store entrances.

CVS will start requiring masks from July 20, the company announced in a news release Thursday.

“With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we’re joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20,” CVS said in its statement.

CVS said it is not asking store employees “to play the role of enforcer.”

“What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering,” CVS said.

More than 80% of Target’s stores already require shoppers to wear face coverings due to local and state regulations, the company said.

“Given the guidance from CDC on the role masks play in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, our store team members also already wear masks when they come to work, which we provide for them,” Target said in a statement.

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