If you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “it’s about damn time!” Months have gone by and as numbers of casualties and infection rates continue to rise, America has done little to control this pandemic. I’m so tired of people looking upside my head because I’m trying to save my life and possibly others by wearing a mask! It’s a shame that somebody has to say something to make people not spread germs but SOMEBODY HAS TO SAY SOMETHING! With our government taking its time making orders and performing preventative measures, safety for ourselves and communities lies with business owners and corporate leadership.
Each day, more and more stores are requiring masks in order to, not only keep their doors open, but also to accept social responsibility and prevent the spread of Sars-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID19) amongst employees and customers. Walmart is our nation’s largest retailer and inevitable leader in business trends. On April 19th, in an effort to protect associates, the retailer started to require employees to wear masks. To farther their efforts, in a blog post released by the company this morning, Walmart & Sam’s Club’s Chief Operating Officers, Dacona Smith and Lance de la Rosa, stated that their priority has and continues to be the safety of employees, members, and customers. All Walmart & Sam’s Clubs are requiring masks, starting July 20, 2020, in order to be consistent with the 65% of stores across the country where masks are already required.
Walmart will position trained Health Ambassadors, wearing black polo shirts, at entrances to remind customers of policy and resolve issues with those not in compliance or those unable to comply because of health or other reasons. All stores will have a single entrance. Sam’s Club will have a similar policy and will provide complimentary masks or make masks available for purchase.
Walmart joins a list of other large chains that include (but not limited to):
- American Eagle – teen outlet store
- Apple – one of the first nongrocery chains to apply mandate
- AT&T – will provide masks at retail store locations
- Best Buy – electronics retailer
- Costco – member’s only club remained open throughout lockdown and started requiring masks May 4
- Dollar Tree – according to website, customers required to wear cloth face coverings
- Starbucks – employees given permission to “respectfully refuse service with kindness”
- Verizon – require all customers to wear cloth face coverings
In a press release on Tuesday, the CDC announced case study findings that support the use of cloth masks to decrease the spread of coronavirus.
“We are not defenseless against COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting. All Americans have a responsibility to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”– CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield.
I honestly don’t understand why it is so hard. I mean, something so simple, so hard? If you don’t want to wear a mask, don’t go in public. People are being killed and hurt because someone refuses to wear a mask. Don’t be people and don’t be the someone in that situation either. Be smart. Here are the CDC mask recommendations:
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