Retailers back new administration’s efforts on masking to stop spread of pandemic

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The nation’s leading retail groups support President Biden’s first executive, which urges Americans to wear masks for 100 days and requires their use on federal property in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

“As the first industry group to call for nationwide mask-wearing, NRF appreciates the executive action today by the Biden Administration that calls for a 100-day mask-wearing challenge, including the requirement that masks be worn on federal property and on airlines, trains and transit systems that travel between states,” said Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation.” This is an important development as we turn the page on how we message and engage in the fight against the pandemic. Masks are medically proven to reduce transmission of the virus and help slow the spread of COVID-19.” 

The Retail Industry Leaders Association said it supports the order to require Americans to wear masks in federal workspaces, buildings and courthouses.

“Until the vaccination campaign has immunized enough Americans to stop the spread of COVID-19, common-sense tactics that promote good hygiene, responsible distancing, and wearing masks are still the best way to keep communities safe,” stated RILA president Brian Dodge.  

In his statement, Dodge also encouraged Congress to build on the President’s order by “urgently appropriating the additional resources needed by state and local governments, medical systems, and pharmacies to increase the pace of vaccinations.”

“These funds should be prioritized over areas where legitimate public policy differences may require additional time and debate,” he said. “America has relied on millions of retail workers to stock shelves, deliver goods, clean stores, and provide American families with everything they have needed throughout this pandemic. These frontline workers who have kept our supply chains functioning and our storefronts open need Congress to make vaccine funding their top priority.”