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Jul 17, 2020
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While states and local governments wrestle — and in Georgia sue each other — over the issue of mandatory mask usage, America’s retailers are stepping up and taking the lead in requiring their shoppers to wear them.

More than 54,000 U.S. stores can now only be visited when shoppers are wearing masks at more than a dozen of the country’s biggest retailers including Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Kroger, Walgreen and CVS. (Some of these new requirements go into effect over the next week or so.)

It’s a bold initiative on the part of the retailing sector, which of course has its own reasons for being aggressive on mask mandates. They are no doubt terrified of being shut down again as they were earlier in the year and are doing whatever is necessary to create safe shopping environments. Whatever political fall-off they might have from certain people who are rejecting masks as an infringement on their rights, they are far outweighed by the general population’s acceptance of masks as perhaps the best way to fight the spread of Covid-19. Recent polls show the vast majority of Americans support mask usage, even Republican Trump supporters who have fought their use in the past.

As yet there is no national policy on mandatory mask usage, putting the U.S. behind other nations. In Great Britain there is a $125 fine for people not wearing masks in retail stores.
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