Home Depot, Lowes join retailers requiring face coverings in stores


In this Aug. 27, 2019 photo, the Home Depot logo is shown on a store in Bloomington, Minn. The cost of the spreading coronavirus pandemic dragged on profits early in 2020 at Home Depot. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

CHICAGO (News Nation/WTVO) — Home Depot announced Friday it will require face coverings in all U.S. stores beginning on Wednesday, July 22nd.

The move comes as more major retailers are requiring face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, in accordance with guidelines from health officials.

Meijer and Lowes also announced mandatory face coverings this week — those go into effect Monday, July 20.

“We appreciate all of our associates who have been working so hard to serve our customers with the essential products they need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to thank our customers for their cooperation as we work to protect everyone in our stores,” said Ann-Marie Campbell, executive vice president of stores for The Home Depot.

Home Depot said it 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 associates will be available to provide masks to those shoppers who may not have one, according to Home Depot.

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