Walmart announced today that beginning Monday, July 20th, wearing masks in its more than 5,000 locations, as well as all its Sam’s Club locations, will be mandatory.

A corporate press release from Walmart and Sam’s Club noted the following.

“While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities. According to the CDC, face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face covering in public and social distance.”

Also noted in their press release Walmart and Sam’s Club corporate said they realize some people may not be able to wear face coverings.

“We know it may not be possible for everyone to wear a face covering. Our associates will be trained on those exceptions to help reduce friction for the shopper and make the process as easy as possible for everyone.”

Associates in black polos will be in store locations to assist customers and answer mask related questions.