Lowes and Home Depot, the two largest home supply and hardware outlets in the nation announced earlier today that beginning July 20th they would join other retailers in requiring customers wear masks to enter their stores.

“As a retailer offering essential goods, we have a responsibility to our associates, customers and small businesses in communities nationwide to help provide a safe shopping experience,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO.

“Throughout this pandemic, our associates have worked tirelessly so customers could get the goods and services they needed for their homes and small businesses. For the safety of everyone in our stores, we ask that customers wear masks, and to make this new standard less restrictive, we will make masks available to those who need them.”

The home improvement giants joined Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Starbucks, Food City, Kroger and other large chain retailers in requiring masks.