Coronavirus masks are required inside these stores across the US

New policies come as number of coronavirus cases continues to rise

Editor's note: This is a partial list of orders and restrictions, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across the country, many retailers have started requiring all customers to wear masks inside their stores.

Most employees have already been required to wear masks when they work as part of many new companies’ coronavirus safety measures.


However, depending on state or local mandates, customers may not have previously been required to have their faces covered inside the stores.

Most of the store mandates exclude very young children or people with medical conditions that prevent them from being able to wear a mask.


Here are the stores that are implementing new mask policies.


As of July 27, all Aldi customers will be required to wear face coverings while inside stores. What's more, all Aldi employees will continue to be required to cover up during their shift "as they have for months" the company said.

Any customer that is unwilling or unable to follow the policy will be encouraged to shop online for grocery delivery or for curbside pickup where it is available, according to Aldi.

"We continue to monitor safety protocols from the CDC as well as state and local health officials," Aldi said. "Most recently, the CDC stated that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 and could reduce the spread of the virus."

Bed Bath & Beyond

As of July 24, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. will require its customers to wear face coverings when they shop in-store. The mandate will cover approximately 1,500 company-operated stores in North America, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon Face Values and Cost Plus World Market.

The company will work with customers who have health conditions that prevent them from covering up.

"We recognize that some people cannot wear masks for health reasons, and our associate teams will be trained to support customers in these exceptional circumstances," the company said.

Employees will also be required to wear masks during their shift.


Costco was one of the earliest companies to mandate wearing masks inside its stores. The warehouse retailer implemented the rule on May 4, though there has been some pushback to the policy.


Beginning July 20, all CVS customers will have to wear a face covering when entering any location throughout the country.

The company already requires its store employees to wear face coverings and in "any community with state or local laws mandating the use of face coverings, we've made that very clear through signage and other reminders," CVS Chief Operating Officer Jon Roberts said.


Beginning Aug. 5 Dunkin' customers will be required to wear a face covering while inside all of its U.S. restaurants.

The company already requires all restaurant employees to wear face masks and has "updated our health and safety standards to reflect the times," Dunkin' wrote on its website.

Anyone who is unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition or disability is encouraged to instead use the Dunkin' drive-thru, delivery or curbside pickup, Dunkin' said.

Home Depot 

Starting July 22, all Home Depot customers will be required to wear a mask or facial covering while inside its U.S. locations.

Small children or individuals with a "valid medical condition" will not be required to do so. If customers are not wearing a mask because of a medical condition, they should speak with an associate before entering the store, the company said.

The Atlanta-based retailer said about 85 percent of its stores already required customers to wear face masks due to state and local regulations. Employees are required to wear masks in stores, distribution centers and other locations, the company said.


As of July 24, J.C. Penney customers will be required to wear face coverings while inside stores. Store employees will provide any customer with a mask that needs one, and will also be required to wear a mask while working.

Customers with "health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask or face covering" will be exempt from the policy, the company said.


Starting July 20, all Kohl’s customers will be required to wear a mask when inside the company’s stores. Employees have already been wearing masks and some store locations are in areas where masks are already mandated, according to the company statement.



Kroger announced it would be implementing its mask policy on July 22, FOX Business previously reported. For people unable to wear a mask, the company suggests they use a face shield or use the company’s pickup or delivery services.


Lowe's customers were mandated to wear masks or face coverings when shopping in U.S. stores effective July 20.

Employees will offer free masks at the customer service desk inside each store for customers who do not have one but only while supplies last.

Lowe's had already required its employees to wear masks while working since May and had required customers to do the same if state and local regulations required the measure. 


As of July 27, Marriott International will require all guests to wear a face covering while inside all public spaces within the hotels. Prior to the updated mandate, associates were already required to cover up during their shift in order to protect the health and safety of guests

"We will continue to review the policy following advice from medical experts," Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said, adding that the company will inform guests of any changes.


As of Aug. 1, all McDonald's customers will be required to wear face coverings while inside its U.S. restaurants.

If a customer declines to wear a face covering, the company will "put in place additional procedures to take care of them in a friendly, expedited way," McDonald's said.

To date, nearly 82 percent of its restaurants are in states or localities that require facial coverings for employees and customers.


Since July 15, Panera has mandated that all customers wear a mask while inside its bakery-cafes across the country.

Masks are required at all times while inside except when guests are seated and eating or drinking, according to Panera. If a customer is unable to follow the rule for any reason, Panera will offer other methods of service.

"If any customer does not have or want to wear a mask for any reason, we will happily serve them via Panera curbside, delivery or drive-thru," the company said.

Planet Fitness 

Starting Aug. 1, all Planet Fitness members and guests will be required to wear masks at all times while inside its locations.

The mandate will be enforced at the company's 1,450 locations in North America and Australia that are open to the public.

All of the company's locations will be equipped with disposable masks for members or guests that do not have one, according to Planet Fitness' policy.

If a member has a medical exemption that prevents them from wearing a mask or if they prefer not to wear one, the company will freeze their membership "until such time when we are no longer requiring masks in our clubs at all times," Planet Fitness' policy reads.


As of July 27, all Staples customers will be required to wear a face covering prior to entering any U.S. store. All associates will be required to cover up while working.

"Committed to supporting customers as they work and learn, Staples has made adjustments both to the merchandising assortment and the in-store shopping experience to provide essential products and protocols for healthy and safe working and learning environments," the company announced.


Earlier this month, Starbucks announced it was requiring customers to wear masks in order to enter its coffee shops starting July 15.


On Aug. 1, all Target customers will be required to wear face coverings when inside any of its stores. Those exempt from Target's policy include young children and customers with underlying health conditions, the company said.

If a guest does not have a mask, Target will provide them with a disposable one as they enter the store. Target will also remind guests of the policy through signage and audio reminders inside stores.

Target had already required its employees to cover up prior to their shift and more than 80 percent of its stores had already required guests to do so due to state and local regulations.

Walmart and Sam’s Club

On July 20, all Walmart and Sam’s Club customers will have to keep their faces covered when inside the stores, the company announced Wednesday.

The company made its decision in order to “bring consistency” across the company, since many stores are in areas under mask mandates already, according to a blog post.