Kroger to require masks at all stores starting July 22

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Kroger announced Wednesday that beginning Wednesday, July 22 all customers will be required to wear face masks at stores nationwide.

"With the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, we are committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of the virus," a Kroger statement reads. "Starting July 22, we will require all customers in all locations to wear a mask, joining our associates who continue to wear masks."

The move echoes that of Walmart, the world's largest retailer, who announced earlier Wednesday that it would also require customers to wear masks.

The mask mandate is the latest in a number of coronavirus-era changes for Kroger.

Earlier this week, the grocery chain announced that cashiers will no longer provide coin change for most transactions. If exact change cannot be provided, customers are asked to either round up in support of Kroger's Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative or have that coin change applied to a customer's loyalty card.

If a customer chooses the latter option, that remaining change will automatically apply to the customer's next purchase, Kroger spokesman Erin Rolfes said.

Change will still be given at self-checkout stations throughout Kroger stores, Rolfes added.

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  • Oh no , first Walmart and now Kroger will Aldi follow along?? Where will we shop??

    -- Posted by forgive me on Wed, Jul 15, 2020, at 7:20 PM
  • The government made a huge mistake not having people wear masks when it first started. Now it's gonna make a big comeback again. Trump may say it's not....but he is lying.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Jul 15, 2020, at 7:48 PM
  • Queen--please enlighten us how you would force 330 million Americans to wear masks?

    -- Posted by Don Antonio on Wed, Jul 15, 2020, at 9:34 PM
  • You wouldn't have to force most people, most people have half a brain and know it's the smart thing to do.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Wed, Jul 15, 2020, at 9:39 PM
  • We have been told that social distancing will stop the virus. We were told it was spread by those who sneeze and cough. We are being told that people who are not showing any symptoms are spreading the virus. If they are not showing symptoms, then they shouldn't be spreading the virus unless they are sneezing or coughing, which IS supposedly a symptom of the virus. I think we are just showing the government how much control they have over us and so they are using it.

    -- Posted by tjarboe50 on Wed, Jul 15, 2020, at 11:52 PM
  • happeningtoday - if you are not willing to wear a mask for the short time it takes you to shop, then my guess is to stay at home and do without. This is not just Greencastle, this is everywhere.

    -- Posted by Nit on Thu, Jul 16, 2020, at 9:38 AM
  • Nit- My post was facetious - and My family and I have been wearing make - we see so many mixed messages about wear a mask/ don't wear a mask from Fauci, Birx, Adams and many other doctors, wear a mask , don't wear a mask - it seems they change every day. One day the mask protects you , the next wear the mask to protect others. They are like waves on a lake but I figure wearing a mask to shop is staying on the side of caution.

    -- Posted by forgive me on Thu, Jul 16, 2020, at 1:13 PM
  • Happening today. My apologies. I reread your first comment and should not have commented on it

    -- Posted by Nit on Thu, Jul 16, 2020, at 9:00 PM
  • Nit- Thumbs up

    -- Posted by forgive me on Fri, Jul 17, 2020, at 9:03 AM
  • No shirt, no shoes, no with it...

    -- Posted by mrwalleye on Fri, Jul 17, 2020, at 11:17 PM
  • And don't forget to bring exact change :) !

    -- Posted by Rainbow6 on Sat, Jul 18, 2020, at 6:54 AM
  • Gonna be easier to get in and out with the mask rebels and boycotters!

    -- Posted by 1armyvet on Mon, Jul 20, 2020, at 6:19 PM
  • They are sheeple. They are letting the communist's of the democrat party scare every one. It is all BS.

    -- Posted by robyhunts on Mon, Jul 20, 2020, at 11:50 PM
  • robyhunts - I'm not sure you know what Communism is.

    -- Posted by BJCP96 on Tue, Jul 21, 2020, at 10:55 AM
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