Starting July 22, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) will require all customers at its Indiana locations to wear face masks. Kroger says the requirement is part of its commitment to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Aside from small children, Kroger says all of its store locations will require customers to wear masks while shopping. The company says its top priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is providing a safe environment for employees and customers while keeping stores open to the public.
Citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Kroger says when combined with social distancing and frequent handwashing, facial coverings have been scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If customers are unable to wear a mask or an alternative shield or covering, Kroger is requesting they use its online services for pickup or delivery.
Other major national retailers including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, CVS, and Target have announced similar policies, which will go into effect on Monday.