LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Walmart is taking additional steps to improve customer and employee safety.
In a post on social media this week, the Lakewood Walmart announced only the Grocery Department doors will be open, creating a single entrance and exit point into the superstore.
Additionally, the store is also stepping up its mask wearing policies.
This week, the Retail Industry Leaders Association sent a letter to the National Governors Association asking for help with enforcing mask mandates.
“Despite compliance from the majority of Americans, retailers are alarmed with the instances of hostility and violence front-line employees are experiencing by a vocal minority of customers who are under the misguided impression that wearing a mask is a violation of their civil liberties,” the retail group, whose members include Best Buy, Dollar General and Home Depot, wrote, in the letter, which was made public Tuesday. “Wearing a mask is not about fear, and it certainly should not reflect one’s politics.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of facial coverings such as masks when it’s difficult to maintain a distance from other people, although there’s no federal order requiring people to do so.
New York State has a mandatory mask order for residents that are unable to maintain six feet of distance.