Coronavirus Updates

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Walmart shoppers will now see a big change in the stores this week.

The retail giant started requiring all staff members to wear face masks, saying that following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation is in “everyone’s best interest”.

“We hope this step will promote safety and consistency across all of our facilities and be of comfort to our customers and members,” the big box store said to employees in a memo. “However, it’s important to remember that face coverings are simply an additional health precaution.”

Monday’s mandate affects all 1.5 million employees, including those working in its big-box store Sam’s Club, the distribution and fulfillment centers, and its corporate headquarters.

Employees can bring their own face coverings or wear one provided to them.