It’s about damn time.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Major retailers on Wednesday announced requirements for customers to wear masks in stores as a surge in coronavirus cases nationwide threatens to close businesses again.

Walmart, Best Buy and Kroger were among the companies saying they will now require facial coverings at all U.S. locations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) encouraged other chains to adopt similar policies.

More and more states are imposing similar mask rules for all public spaces, with mounting scientific studies showing the effectiveness of facial coverings in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Retailers, who were hard hit early on in the pandemic, are hoping to avoid another round of lockdowns like the ones in March and April that crippled their in-store revenue.

“We saw a tipping point in the conversation that was happening, and we decided the time was right to do this,” David French, NRF senior vice president of government relations, told The Hill on Wednesday.

“Obviously, every business is going to make their own decisions. Across the country, though, many stores are operating in jurisdictions where masks are already mandated,” he added. “When you look at the patchwork quilt of current regulatory overlay, it’s already fairly common to be operating under a mask mandate.”

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer with locations in all 50 states, noted in its announcement that about 65 percent of its more than 5,000 locations are in areas where there is some form of government mandate.

Alabama became the latest state to require facial coverings, with Gov. Kay Ivey (R) making the announcement on Wednesday.

It looks like the Karens lost this one. 

I am beyond thrilled that in Anchorage you cannot enter a business without wearing a mask and that most people are complying without issue at this point. 

However, it is important people realize that masks are not a cure-all and that maintaining social distancing and staying away from crowded indoor areas is still required. 

And yes that includes public schools.