Home Depot Joins Walmart and Other Nationwide Retailers Requiring Face Masks: Full List

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Before venturing out to the store, you have to make sure you have your keys, your wallet, and your face mask.

Home Depot and Lowe’s both announced that they will require customers to wear face masks when shopping in their stores, per CNN.

The home improvement giants join other retailers who have implemented mandatory face covering policies to protect their staff and customers and curb the pathogen’s spread.

"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 Home Depot.

According to USA Today, nearly 40 states require masks in public spaces including Alabama, Arkansas, and Colorado.

Requiring face masks inside establishments comes on the heels of surging cases nationwide, which have surpassed 3.5 million, per the Wall Street Journal.

Here are all the nationwide stores that now require/ will require face masks:

Aldi

Starting Monday, July 27, in addition to employees, customers will be required to wear face coverings.

Apple

The tech retailer has required face masks since reopening in mid-May. Face masks will be provided to customers who don’t have them.

Best Buy

The Minnesota-based electronics superstore made face masks mandatory on July 15.

Costco

Face masks have been a requirement at the warehouse store since May 4 for both customers and employees.

CVS

CVS’ face mask policy will go into effect on July 20.

Ikea

The furniture store implemented a face mask policy on May 13 to curb the spread of the virus.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s is implementing a face mask policy effective July 20.

"As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, face covering mandates have grown to apply to approximately 70% of our store base. Therefore we've made the decision to take a consistent approach across our entire store fleet,” the retailer said in a statement.

Kroger

Kroger says starting July 22 all shoppers will be required to wear a mask or face covering while in stores.

“We are taking this extra step now because we recognize additional precautions are needed to protect our country,” company spokeswoman Kristal Howard said.

Meijer

The Grand Rapids-based retailer will require face masks starting on July 20.

Publix

Publix announced that they will begin requiring masks or face coverings to be worn at all of their locations beginning July 21.

Sam’s Club

Shoppers will be required to wear face masks starting July 20.

Starbucks

The coffee giant made face masks mandatory nationwide at their 9,000 company-owned stores on July 15.

Target

Beginning August 1, all Target shoppers will be required to wear a mask when entering their stores.

The policy excludes those with "underlying medical conditions and young children." Target does say a mask will be provided for shoppers who don't have one at store entrances.

Trader Joe’s

On July 15, Trader Joe’s website was updated with this statement: “We request all customers wear a face covering while shopping in our stores.”

Walgreens

The chain will require face masks starting July 20.

“We support the new CDC guidance that urges the use of face covers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Kevin Ban, Walgreens chief medical officer.

Walmart

The nation's largest retailer said the policy will go into effect at all of its namesake stores on Monday, July 20.

"As the number of confirmed cases has spiked in communities across the country recently, so too have the number and types of face covering mandates being implemented," Walmart said in a news release.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods has been providing customers with disposable face masks since May. They will make face masks mandatory starting July 20.

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