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Best Buy now requiring shoppers wear face masks in its stores

The Richfield retailer announced its new policy on Tuesday.

Best Buy has announced that visitors to its stores as of Wednesday will be required to wear face masks to shop there, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Richfield-based retailer says the new policy applies to all customers except for small children and those unable to wear a mask for health reasons.

If you turn up to a Best Buy without a mask, the store will provide one for you.

Best Buy is the latest major retailer to mandate its customers wear masks, but the majority of national chains are only recommending it at this stage – including the likes of Target and Walmart.

Other notable chains that require face masks be worn by customers include Costco, Menards, and Starbucks.

Best Buy said it's taking the action as COVID-19 cases nationally are on the rise again.

"This new requirement, which starts July 15, will help protect not only our shoppers and communities, but also the tens of thousands of Best Buy employees working to serve our customers each day," the company said.

"Although the risk of infection cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is community spread of COVID-19, we’re grateful to our customers and employees for working together to do what we can to keep us all safe."

Best Buy also expressed its support for statewide mask mandates, which Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is considering.

Currently, people in multiple Minnesota cities are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Mankato, Minnetonka, Duluth and Rochester.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the wearing of face masks as a way of preventing the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of respiratory droplets in the air that can get into in other people's airways. It also recommends social distancing, regular hand-washing, and the disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.

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