Target to require masks starting August 1st

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By 830 WCCO

Following news that Best Buy, Walmart, Kohl's and other stores will require masks or face coverings, Minneapolis-based Target is following suit.

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

Also announcing they will require masks is the drug chain CVS.  Their policy begins July 20th. 

News | With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20. #COVID19

— CVS Pharmacy (@cvspharmacy) July 16, 2020

The news comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the country, and with health care provides struggling with how to contain the spread of the virus.  

Meanwhile, Governor Walz is seriously considering a statewide mask mandate as cities and businesses continue to make their own policies.  Some businesses are calling for the mandate to take the pressure off enforcing their own policy.