Kroger to require masks at all stores starting July 22
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.