CINCINNATI — Kroger has announced that all customers will be required to wear face coverings at stores nationwide.
The mandate goes into effect Wednesday, July 22. Kroger said it is initiating the new policy is response to rising COVID-19 cases across the country.
“We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country,” Kroger officials said in a statement.
Small children will be exempt from the face-covering mandate. Persons who are unable to wear face coverings due to a medical condition will be encouraged to consider another option, such as a face shield.
“If they’re unable to wear a mask or an alternative design, we request that they use our e-commerce services like pickup or delivery, Kroger said.
Kroger follows Walmart in announcing a requirement for customers to wear face coverings in stores.
Wednesday, Walmart announced the requirement for all of its stores and Sam’s Club warehouses. Walmart’s policy goes into effect Monday, July 20.