Many major companies across America are now requiring customers and employees to wear face masks or face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

At the beginning of May, Costco began requiring all employees and customers to wear face masks, and since then, many of the nation's largest retailers have done the same.

In April, Starbucks began requiring employees to wear face masks. Now, Starbucks is requiring all customers to wear face masks. The policy went into effect Wednesday, July 15.

Beginning Monday, July 20, Walmart and CVS will begin requiring face masks for all customers. Click here to read a statement released by CVS Health on Thursday.

Beginning August 1, Target will requiring guests to wear masks or face coverings in all stores, except for those with underlying medical conditions and young children.

To help customers adhere to the new face mask policy, Target will be:

  • Providing disposable masks at store entrances to guests who do not have one.
  • Adding signage, overhead audio reminders and stationing team members at store entrances to remind guests to wear masks.
  • Guiding guests to shop various no-contact fulfillment options, including Drive Up, and Shipt, if they’d prefer.
  • Continuing to monitor the situation and respond accordingly with the goal of keeping employees and customers safe.

On Wednesday, Governor Steve Bullock announced a face mask requirement in counties with 4 or more active COVID-19 cases. For businesses in Gallatin County, all points of entry open to the public shall have a clearly visible sign posted stating: “Mask or face covering use required for ages five and older.” Read Bullock's entire directive, here.

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