Target stores will require customers to wear face masks beginning August 1st. The move comes as other mega-retailers like Walmart, Kohl’s, CVS, and Walgreens announced similar policies requiring masks.
The new rule excludes people with underlying health conditions and young children.
The National Retail Federation is encouraging ALL retailers to adopt policies mandating face-coverings saying “Workers serving customers should not have to make a critical decision as to whether they should risk exposure to infection or lose their jobs because a minority of people refuse to wear masks.”
The new mask requirements come as cases of COVID-19 surge around the country with a record-setting number of new cases; 75,000 just on July 16th alone.
More than half the states have mask requirements now and here in Minnesota, officials continue to urge citizens to wear them:
“The wearing of masks has become politicized but the facts show that social distancing and wearing masks significantly reduce the risk of transmission,” said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan when asked about masks during a statewide radio conversation.
“People were surprised but I was appreciative to see President Trump wearing a mask recently. I think that that really matters; that we need to deep politicize this issue and just wear them…get it down and just wear those masks friends and I anticipate you’ll see a decision from us fairly soon,” She said.
Now, public health officials across the board see face masks as a key weapon in fighting the spread of COVID-19.