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No shirt, no mask, no service! Which Florida stores require face coverings?

Government order or not, these stores say safety comes first.

The state of Florida remains reluctant to require masks in public (though plenty of local jurisdictions took the step). Instead, major national corporations are putting their own rules in place.

Whether you want to know where you can shop with the comfort of safety measures in place or whether you want to go someplace you can still yell “Freedom!” without a face covering, Florida Politics offers this running list of major retailers requiring customers wear masks.

Aldi

The grocery chain as of July 27 requires masks for customers inside all locations. Customers unable to wear masks are encouraging to use delivery service online.

Apple Store

The store since reopening locations beginning May 17 has required faces for all customers and employees.

AT&T

All employees, customers and visitors to retail stores are required to wear face coverings as of July. Masks will be provided as needed.

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Masks or face coverings must be worn by all customers and associates in all locations until further notice.

Best Buy

The store since reopening has been meticulous about customer limits. Beginning on July 15, the company adopted an official policy all customers must wear a mask. Small children face no requirement and the store will provide masks for those who do not carry their own.

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Effective July 20, all members and employees at locations will be required to wear masks or face coverings.

Chipotle

The restaurant chain beginning on July 24 will require all guests coming into the stores to wear masks while there, CNN reports.

Circle K

As of July 20, all customers, associates and visitors in Circle K locations are required to wear face coverings. The store sells masks for those who do not supply their own.

Costco

Since reopening on May 4, all Costco guests have been required to wear masks that cover the mouth and nose. The only exceptions are those with a medical condition and children under age 2. ”This is not simply a matter of personal choice; a face covering protects not just the wearer, but others too,” the Costco website explains.

CVS

The drugstore chain starting on July 20 will require all customers to wear face coverings inside the stores. Employees have been required to do so since the stores reopened their interiors to customers.

Dollar Tree/Dollar General

The umbrella company for both chains announced on July 8 it is requiring all associates to wear masks and requesting customers do the same. The company for a short period required masks for customers, USA Today reports, but now just requests they do so.

Gap (Old Navy, Banana Republic, others)

Beginning on Aug. 1, all stores in the Gap family of stores will require customers to wear face coverings inside, USA Today reports. Small children and those with preventative medical conditions are exempt. That includes Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix and Janie and Jack.

Home Depot

AS of July 22, all Home Depot customers are required to wear masks or face coverings while in the stores. The rule does not apply to small children.

J.C. Penney

All customers must wear face masks while shopping in stores as of July 24.a

Kohl’s

Beginning on July 20, masks will be required to enter all locations. The store made the announcement on July 15, at which point some 70% of Kohl’s locations already had the requirement in place thanks to local ordinances.

Kroger

The grocery chain beginning on July 22 will require customers in all locations to begin wearing masks, the company announced on Twitter. All associates in the stores are already required to do so. Young children and those with preventive medical conditions are exempt.

Lowe’s

Beginning on July 20, all Lowe’s locations required customers to wear masks or face coverings. Disposable masks will be provided to customers who do not bring their own.

McDonald’s

The company announced that starting Aug. 1, all locations nationwide will require masks for anybody walking inside the restaurants, CNN reports. Most dining rooms remain closed, with food being served take-out. Those who do not wish to wear masks may use the drive-through.

Office Depot/Office Max

Effective July 20, ODP Corporation requires all customers visiting the company’s Office Deport or Office Max locations to wear face coverings.

Olive Garden

All servers are required to wear masks at all times. Guests are required to wear masks when not seated at their table.

Panera Bread

Beginning July 15, guests in all cafes are required to wear masks while inside, except while eating and drinking.

PetSmart

As of July 22, all customers and associates inside PetSmart locations must wear face coverings at all times.

Publix

The Lakeland-based grocer chain announced that beginning July 21, all customers will be required to where face coverings while shopping in stores. The policy will not apply to young children. “We believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do our part to help protect our communities,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous.

Sam’s Club

All members of Sam’s club will be required to wear masks while shopping at stores nationwide beginning July 20. Associates will remind shoppers entering the store of the policy and provide complimentary masks. The store will also sell non-disposable masks.

Shake Shack

The restaurant chain as of July 30 requires guests to wear masks at all time except when eating or drinking.

Staples

The office supply company as of July 24 requires all customers to wear masks inside of stores.

Starbucks

While most restaurants don’t have mask policies, the coffeehouse chain starting July 15 requires masks for those inside. Those who do not want masks are free to use curbside and drive-through options.

Target

The big box retailer beginning on Aug. 1 began requiring all guests to wear masks. The requirement does not apply to children. A statement released July 16 indicated 80% of Target locations already face local regulations requiring face coverings. For the moment, disposable masks will be provided to guests who do not bring their own.

Trader Joe’s

The specialty grocery now requires all customers inside stores to wear face coverings. The rule does not apply to small children or to those with prohibitive medical conditions.

Verizon

Adding a new dimension to the question “Can you hear me now?” Verizon will require visitors to all retail locations to wear cloth face coverings over their mouth and nose.

Walgreens

The convenience store chain as of July 16 requires customers to wear face covers in all stores.

Walmart

The nation’s largest big box retailer beginning on July 20 will require all shoppers to wear masks at locations nationwide. When the company announced its policy on July 15, about 65% of all Walmart locations already faced a local or state mandate to require masks in stores. “We know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” a statement reads.

Winn Dixie

A day after the Florida Times-Union reported the grocery store chain would be an outlier in refusing to consider a mask requirement over potential customer friction, the store changed course and said it will begin requiring masks starting July 27.

Whole Foods Market

Effective on July 20, the company requires face masks for all customers while they are shopping. For those who do not bring masks, stores will provide disposable face coverings.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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