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The two retailers, both part of Dollar Tree, Inc., are now requiring shoppers wear masks like most of the nation’s largest retailers. Initially, the company started requiring masks in early July but soon after changed the policy to “request” face coverings in stores where state and local ordinances were not in effect.
“To best help protect one another, and in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are requiring all Associates, customers and vendors to wear face coverings when inside our stores,” the current mask policy on its coronavirus updates page said Sunday.
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Dollar Tree officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment and it was unknown when the revised policy went into effect.
As of May 2, the company says it operated 15,370 stores across 48 states and in Canada.
Retailers requiring masks isn’t new – especially in areas with local orders – but few businesses had embraced mandates until July. Shoppers have been required to wear masks to enter Costco and Apple stores across the nation since early May.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar aren’t the first stores to change decisions about mask policies.
Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys Supermarkets, started requiring masks July 27 after previously announcing its stores weren’t mandating face coverings during the pandemic to avoid “undue friction” between customers and staffers.
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