Three more big retailers have weighed in on the face mask issue.
The Home Depot, Lowe’s Companies and Rite Aid joined the fast-growing list of companies requiring customers to wear masks or face coverings while inside their stores. The Home Depot’s policy is effective Wednesday, July 22. Lowe’s policy starts Monday, July 20, while Rite Aid’s starts on Tuesday, July 31.
The Home Depot will remind customers about the new requirement by posting signs at all store entrances and via audio announcements on store PA systems. Social distancing “captains” and store employees will be available to provide masks to those shoppers who may not have one.
Lowe's said it will offer free masks at the customer service desk of every store for customers who need them, while supplies last. Rite Aid said it will provide a face covering free of charge if a customer does not have one.
“Out of an abundance of caution for their safety, associates will not be asked to enforce requirements, but will be supported by signage and in-store announcements,” Rite Aid stated.
Home Depot, Lowe’s and Rite Aid already require store employees to wear masks and have many locations that operate where state and local authorities have required customers to wear masks.