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Walmart Canada making masks mandatory at all stores

Summary

The chain will begin requiring face coverings at all stores next Wednesday

More than 60 per cent of stores are in jurisdictions where local governments have made maks mandatory

The B.C. government has not mandated masks in the province

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Starting August 12, masks will be mandatory for all staff and shoppers at Canadian Walmart stores, according to the company.

The policy is being introduced “to help bring consistency across our store networks.”

“We are now requiring all customers and associates working in any Walmart store not already subject to a local government mandate to wear a mask or face covering in areas of our stores accessible to the public,” writes spokesperson Felicia Fefer in a statement.

Fefer says more than 60 per cent of stores are in jurisdictions where local governments have made maks mandatory. This new requirement will apply to stores in B.C. where the government has not mandated masks.

“Customers have done a great job following face covering requirements in those jurisdictions where it is mandated by the local government. We trust that customers in the rest of our stores where we are initiating this the policy will respect and follow it and will bring their own face coverings when they shop,” Fefer writes.

Additional safety measures in stores include temperature checks for staff at the start of shifts, plexiglass dividers at cash registers, and one-way aisles to promote physical distancing.