Bring your mask: These stores are requiring customers to wear face coverings to enter

More major retailers are beginning to require customers wear a mask before they can enter.


Coronavirus cases have continued to climb in the United States, and more major retailers are moving from recommending to requiring customers wear masks if they are to enter their stores. Here are some of the largest that currently are requiring face coverings, or will very soon.


The grocery chain announced that shoppers will need face coverings as of July 27. Workers will continue to wear masks as they have for months, the company said.


The tech company announced back in May that face masks "will be required for all of our teams and customers, and we will provide them to customers who don’t bring their own."

Best Buy

Best Buy will require customers to wear masks in the store, and can provide masks to those who don't have any. However, "small children and those unable to wear one for health reasons may enter without one." The requirement began Wednesday.


Costco, similar to Best Buy, will require all customers to wear a mask, with the exception of "children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition."


"We're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings," CVS tweeted Thursday. The policy goes into effect July 20.

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar has reversed a mandate that was put into effect earlier this month that required "all Associates, customers, and vendors to wear cloth face coverings when inside our stores."

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores said it will now only require masks if mandated by state or local rules. The company hasn't said why the change was made.

Harris Teeter

Supermarket chain Harris Teeter, which has locations in seven states and Washington D.C., will begin requiring masks on Wednesday, according to a press statement issued Thursday.

"Starting July 22, we will require all shoppers to wear a mask when visiting our stores, joining our associates who continue to wear masks," store officials said in a statement. "We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country."

Home Depot

Home Depot announced that shoppers will be required to wear masks or facial coverings while inside all U.S. stores beginning July 22. Small children or those who have a valid medical condition will not be required to wear a mask.

According to a news release from the home improvement chain, about 85% of Home Depot stores already require face masks to comply with local and state regulations. All Home Depot employees are also required to wear masks in stores, distribution centers and other locations.

“We appreciate all of our associates who have been working so hard to serve our customers with the essential products they need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to thank our customers for their cooperation as we work to protect everyone in our stores,” said Ann-Marie Campbell, executive vice president of stores for The Home Depot.


Beginning Monday, July 20, Kohl's will "require all customers to wear a face covering while shopping in our stores."

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Kroger announced that all customers nationwide must wear face masks if they are to enter their stores. The policy takes effect July 22.


Lowe's announced it would begin requiring all customers to wear masks or face coverings in all U.S. stores effective July 20. Lowe's will also offer free masks at the customer service desk of every store for customers who need them, while supplies last, a news release from the company says.

"As a retailer offering essential goods, we have a responsibility to our associates, customers and small businesses in communities nationwide to help provide a safe shopping experience," said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe's president and CEO. "Throughout this pandemic, our associates have worked tirelessly so customers could get the goods and services they needed for their homes and small businesses. For the safety of everyone in our stores, we ask that customers wear masks, and to make this new standard less restrictive, we will make masks available to those who need them."


The company said signs for the requirement will be posted at store entrances, and in-store announcements will be made. Young children and those with medical conditions will not be required to wear face coverings. It starts July 21.

Sam's Club

Sam's Club, along with sister-store Walmart, will begin requiring all customers to wear a mask in their stores on Monday, July 20.


On Wednesday, the coffee company began "requiring customers to wear facial coverings while visiting all company-owned café locations in the U.S."


Target said in a statement it would start requiring masks or face coverings starting Aug. 1 in all stores.

"This builds on the more than 80% of our stores that already require guests to wear face coverings due to local and state regulations," it said.

Target said it would provide disposable masks at entrances to customers who don't have one.

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is requiring all customers to wear a face covering while shopping in its stores.

The retailer says the policy does not apply to young children and those with medical conditions who are not able to wear face coverings.


Walgreens has expanded requirements for customers to wear face covers while in stores across all of its locations.

Face covers had already been mandatory at thousands of Walgreens in states and jurisdictions where they are required.

The retailer says starting July 20, there will be new and additional signage on exterior doors with this information, stores will also be increasing the frequency of reminders to customers via the stores’ intercom system.

“We support the new CDC guidance that urges the use of face covers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Walgreens Chief Medical Officer Kevin Ban. “As cases continue to rise in many parts of the country, it’s critical we, as businesses and members of the community, do everything we can.”


The largest retailer in the United States will require customers nationwide to wear a face covering if they are to enter the store. The policy begins July 20.


Winn-Dixie reversed its stance on masks and is now mandating that all customers wear face coverings while shopping in stores, CNN reported. The mandate goes into effect July 27.

Last week, Winn-Dixie said it would not require shoppers to wear masks in its stores, even after its competitors announced that they would.

Stop the spread of COVID-19

To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask.

Masks are required in public places in some states and businesses.

The CDC also recommends you keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more tips on how to stay safe, CLICK HERE.