Walmart will require face mask while shopping in all stores

Walmart announced Wednesday that it will require face masks at all of its stores to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The rule takes effect Monday, the Arkansas-based company said in a news release. Masks will also be required at Sam’s Club stores. Complimentary masks will be provided or shoppers can purchase them.

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“While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” the release says.

Stores will post signs informing shoppers about the rule and station a “health ambassador” near the entrance to remind shoppers about the requirement. All stores will have a single entrance.

The company said there will be exceptions for shoppers who are unable to wear a mask.

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