Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Walgreens, and other major retailers are clarifying their stance on face masks in stores. While face coverings are technically required, these retailers say they will not prevent customers who refuse to wear masks from shopping in their stores. The concern is that especially reluctant and possibly very angry shoppers who refuse to comply with the rule could provoke a violent confrontation with employees trying to enforce the requirement.
"With every requirement there are exceptions that have been established to avoid escalating the situation and putting our associates in harm's way," a Walmart representative said. "Our goal is to keep associates from a physical confrontation in the stores."