Some grocery chains now require shoppers to wear a face mask

Grocery chains such as Longos and Costco in the U.S. now require shoppers to wear face masks while other retailers, such as Whole Foods, are requesting it of customers.

Date of Publication: May 14, 2020

Source: CBC

An increasing number of retailers are now mandating or requesting shoppers wear a face mask when visiting their store during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example. The T&T Supermarket chain mandated that the shoppers must wear face coverings in the store. For customers who do not have a mask, they can purchase a disposable one at T&T for $1, with profits going to a children’s charity. Other retailers, such as Whole Foods grocery stores, are requesting customers to wear face covering and will be offering free disposable masks on-site. The guidance on the general public wearing non-medical masks is evolving. Up until early April, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) advised that masks help prevent ill people from spreading the virus, so healthy people don’t need to wear one. However, on April 7, PHAC announced that asymptomatic people could wear a non-medical mask to protect others. Nonetheless, it should be noted that homemade masks aren’t tested to recognize standards and may not be effective in blocking the virus.

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Summary by: Manjot Sunner