NRF Encourages Retailers to Set Nationwide Mask Policy
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The National Retailer Federation (NRF) is calling upon retailers to adopt a nationwide policy that requires customers to wear face coverings or masks to protect the health and well-being of customers, associates and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and safety of associates and customers is retailers’ number one priority and wearing a face covering or mask is scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” officials said in a statement. “NRF applauds the leadership of companies like Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Apple, Qurate Retail Group, Costco and others that have implemented nationwide mask mandates. …Workers serving customers should not have to make a critical decision as to whether they should risk exposure to infection or lose their jobs because a minority of people refuse to wear masks in order to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.”
Officials pointed out that stores are private businesses that can adopt policies permitted by law for the health and safety of their associates and their customers.
“Shopping in a store is a privilege, not a right,” officials continued. “If a customer refuses to adhere to store policies, they are putting employees and other customers at undue risk.”
The NRF, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and other industry groups recently co-signed a letter that was sent to President Trump, Vice President Pence and governors across the country outlining why a national mask standard is “critically important.” That letter can be found here.