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Walmart, Sam's Club , BJ's, and others to require all customers to wear masks effective 7/20/20

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

In Philadelphia, PA area Walmarts, BJ's, Grocery stores  employees and customers been wearing masks for months as part of COVID guidleines issued by Governor Wolf.  SE PA keeping numbers lower.  BJ's sent email re mask requirement to current members.

Walmart and Sam's Club to require all customers to wear masks

Just think the difference this could have made if they had implemented this at the same time CostCo did.  

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

How will they enforce the requirement???

Will those customers be stopped by store staff and escorted out of the store? And if they make a big hulabaloo?

A multiple-person security effort is needed with instant video-recording to protect all.

Think it'll happen???

And just FYI - Phila is also banning all large attendance events until 2/2021 or so. Already they said "no Mummers Parade".  😥

Thankfully, Walmart does have convenient curbside pickup. I don’t have to smell the Walmart denizens that way either. 

if anyone has the surveillance, it's Walmart.   Especially not a good place to throw one of their infamous tantrums.

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

More companies with mandatory masks in their store--to protect staff and public visiting their stores:

Albertsons: Signage has appeared at Albertsons locations telling people “Please do not enter without face mask,” and that a “face-covering must be worn by any person who enters the store.”

Costco: Customers are required to wear face coverings starting May 4. The requirement doesn’t apply to children under two years of age, or to those unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.

Kroger: As of July 22 Kroger will require customers to wear face masks at all stores nationwide, joining their associates who continue to wear masks.

Ralphs: If customers try to enter the store without proper face coverings, store associates will ask that they return to their car to find some sort of protection.

Sam’s Club: As of July 20, Sam’s Club is requiring shoppers to wear face coverings in stores, and associates at the warehouse entrance will remind customers of the requirement. Complimentary masks will be provided if the member doesn’t have one. Or members can purchase masks in the club.

Smart & Final: The California/Arizona/Nevada grocer is requiring customers to wear masks. If they don’t have one, customers will be asked to return wearing one or to purchase one in the store.

the Fresh Market: Since April 14, customers at The Fresh Market have been required to wear face coverings in store.

Walmart: As of July 20, Walmart is requiring shoppers to wear face coverings in stores. At our local Walmart, greeters in front of the main entrance were handing out masks to people who didn’t have one, but this isn’t the case everywhere.

Whole Foods Market: Shoppers who don’t have a face-covering will be able to get a free, disposable mask from the entrance of all Whole Foods Market locations. Everyone will be expected to wear a face-covering in-store as of May 4.

American Eagle

Applestore

Best Buy

Kohl's

Mernards

Panera

Starbucks

Verizon

Walgreens

These Companies Now Require Customers to Wear Masks

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

Target joined the wise ones yesterday too.

These are private property, so my understanding is that you are indeed denied entrance. If you pitch a fit, someone is going to film you, like this sad soul at Costco. The next step is police being called. 

I personally shopped at Whole Foods and they were kindly giving everyone a mask who didn't have one. 100% of the people in the store were masked. Almost enough to make me willing to pay their prices.

Costco handled this exceptionally well.

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical.

Our local Ralph's has an employee greeting each customer and giving masks if they don't have one on.

At Trader Joe's there is always a line due to the store being small. Both times I've shopped there since March an employee went down the line handing out bottled water, granola bars, and masks to customer if they wanted them.

We prefer to shop in the local Kroger Marketplace (Fred Meyer). Until recently we had to use the online shopping/curbside pickup because they were indifferent about masking and sanitizing.  That has recently changed, Kroger now requires them.   

The masks for all workers and customers is actually a law in my county in FL. Stores post a sign but they will not enforce it. Their own workers aren’t wearing them correctly. My husband asked the security guard who just let people walk in without a mask if he was going to say something to them. He told him, “No”. 
 

Now my husband gets pissy about a lot of things but the masks drive him crazy. I hear him complaining about it all the time “their mask is down under their chin!” I finally just whispered to him, “then cough”. He looked at me like I had two heads. I said, “your wearing an N95 hon (his work supplies them so they can reduce exposure all together) your cough is covered. But if the idiot not wearing the mask is next to you when you get a tickle, watch how quickly that mask will go back on”...I know, it’s a jerk thing to do but so is outright disobeying a law to protect others. If anything, the moron will think twice and want to try to protect herself.
Rules and laws are useless unless they are enforced.  

OUxPhys, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology.

Good. This should have been implemented long ago. I am noticing more places in my state are advertising that starting on this date masks are required for everyone. 

This is just another one the list of body parts we are required to cover in public.

While  some of the other parts uncovered might induce nausea, light headedness or euphoria, depending on the part and viewer's perspective, this is the only one that is believed by experts to reduce the spread of a pandemic.

Now waiting for some ridiculous response calling it fascism, fear, or some other tid bit of idiocy.  

Edited by hherrn

Went to the local chain grocery store yesterday. It was remarkable. Every. Single. Child was wearing a mask. Not one of them was throwing a fit and they were mostly of the under 5 set. Imagine a world where the children are more mature than some of the adults. 

Just now, Wuzzie said:

Went to the local chain grocery store yesterday. It was remarkable. Every. Single. Child was wearing a mask. Not one of them was throwing a fit and they were mostly of the under 5 set. Imagine a world where the children are more mature than some of the adults. 

Our 4 year old grandson is very compliant with masking...

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

I have yet to see a kid have a problem with masking in public. Never once, which has been remarkable to me. Doesn't mean it can't or won't happen, but it has been truly no big deal. One was excitedly showing me how his mask had Mickey Mouse on it and then proceeded to tell me all about how he washes his hands. It was adorable.

31 minutes ago, Nurse SMS said:

I have yet to see a kid have a problem with masking in public. Never once, which has been remarkable to me. Doesn't mean it can't or won't happen, but it has been truly no big deal. One was excitedly showing me how his mask had Mickey Mouse on it and then proceeded to tell me all about how he washes his hands. It was adorable.

Sounds like our grandson.  There's no quick hand washing either...he'll sing you right through the recommended time. Don't interrupt him or he'll start over and you'll never get out of the bathroom. 

1 hour ago, Wuzzie said:

Went to the local chain grocery store yesterday. It was remarkable. Every. Single. Child was wearing a mask. Not one of them was throwing a fit and they were mostly of the under 5 set. Imagine a world where the children are more mature than some of the adults. 

Sounds like a classic example of children teaching adults how to act.

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical.

1 hour ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Our 4 year old grandson is very compliant with masking...

Last week I was taking a walk and saw across the street a woman walking a big fluffy dog and a very happy cute little boy, about four, with a small fluffy dog calling her "Mommy". Both wore masks. I waved and they did too. The boy was singing, "From the oceans, to the prairies, to the Mountains white with snow." 

On 7/18/2020 at 3:59 PM, NRSKarenRN said:

More companies with mandatory masks in their store--to protect staff and public visiting their stores:

Albertsons: Signage has appeared at Albertsons locations telling people “Please do not enter without face mask,” and that a “face-covering must be worn by any person who enters the store.”

Costco: Customers are required to wear face coverings starting May 4. The requirement doesn’t apply to children under two years of age, or to those unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition.

Kroger: As of July 22 Kroger will require customers to wear face masks at all stores nationwide, joining their associates who continue to wear masks.

Ralphs: If customers try to enter the store without proper face coverings, store associates will ask that they return to their car to find some sort of protection.

Sam’s Club: As of July 20, Sam’s Club is requiring shoppers to wear face coverings in stores, and associates at the warehouse entrance will remind customers of the requirement. Complimentary masks will be provided if the member doesn’t have one. Or members can purchase masks in the club.

Smart & Final: The California/Arizona/Nevada grocer is requiring customers to wear masks. If they don’t have one, customers will be asked to return wearing one or to purchase one in the store.

the Fresh Market: Since April 14, customers at The Fresh Market have been required to wear face coverings in store.

Walmart: As of July 20, Walmart is requiring shoppers to wear face coverings in stores. At our local Walmart, greeters in front of the main entrance were handing out masks to people who didn’t have one, but this isn’t the case everywhere.

Whole Foods Market: Shoppers who don’t have a face-covering will be able to get a free, disposable mask from the entrance of all Whole Foods Market locations. Everyone will be expected to wear a face-covering in-store as of May 4.

American Eagle

Applestore

Best Buy

Kohl's

Mernards

Panera

Starbucks

Verizon

Walgreens

These Companies Now Require Customers to Wear Masks

The only one who should be congratulated is Costco. They did the right and obvious thing months ago and took a lot of heat for it from the vicious rightwing types.  All the money the Walton family has and it took them almost 3 additional months to do something this basic to protect their employees?  

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